This morning we had Morgan Kate's speech evaluation. And as expected, my nerves set in. I called Travis and my mom several times this morning just to talk. To kind of vocalize what I was feeling and to, in some way distract from the fact that we had an evaluation. However, the minute I walked into the therapist's office I was completely calm and felt very comfortable. Maybe it was the fact that we sat on the floor. Maybe it was the fact at there were toys everywhere. Maybe it was because MK was smiling. Maybe it was because our therapist whom we will call "L" was so, so, so very nice and said that MK was the cutest thing ever. Or maybe it was even the two big dogs that were lying on pillows in the front office. I just felt really good about where we were.
Morgan Kate did end up qualifying for speech therapy (ST). And she will receive services twice a week. She will have two different therapists who work very closely together - so we have "L" and "W". Of course we will work on "speaking", but more importantly we will work on pre-verbal skills and our therapists will work with MK on using a cup. Pre-verbal skills are those skills that you have to have or need before you actually start talking. The therapists have so many ideas and thoughts about cups and what to use and what not to use. They even showed me some different cups today that make so much more sense than a sippy cup. And we will also work on signing so that MK will be able to tell me what she wants or how she is feeling before she can actually say the words. She and I have been working on the sign for "more" for a while now and we will continue to work on that during ST.
I may have been anxious and apprehensive this morning, but I feel so much better this afternoon. I'm excited actually and can't wait for our first official appointment next week. I think this is going to be great for Morgan Kate. And for me.