This is the world of special needs kids. Well, I guess it's only a portion of the world, but it's a big ol' piece.
One thing that always drives me crazy is sitting across from some evaluator and having to answer hundreds of questions about Lily. Most parents don't mind talking about their children and I certainly count myself as one of them.
But these aren't fun "tell me about your child and show me some cute photos" kinds of questions. These are hard questions and most times, the answer is no... no... no... no... no.....
Here are some examples:
"Can Lily purposefully kick a ball?"
"Can Lily fill a bucket with sand or water?"
"Can Lily imitate facial expressions?"
"Can Lily engage in back and forth play?"
"Can Lily imitate your verbalizations?"
Yuck, yuck, and more yuck.
After meetings like this, I feel the need to turn the tables and give a little lecture on all the things Lily can do that never came up during the evaluation.
So, for all those times I didn't get to say what I wanted, I give you the "No She Doesn't.... But She Does.... List".
No, she doesn't roll a ball back and forth but she does dismantle a childproof lock faster than I can install it.
No, she doesn't put two words together but she does latch all the straps on her carseat, booster chair, and grocery store carts.
No, she doesn't engage in pretend play but she does know the way to our neighbor's house with the swimming pool and yellow Lab.
No, she doesn't ride a tricycle but she does know if she empties her toy tub, puts it upside down and stands on it, then she can reach the sound machine on the top of the bookshelf.
No, she doesn't scoop sand into a bucket, but she does know how to turn on the bathtub faucet even if you remove the handles.
No, she doesn't initiate play with other children but she does destroy a book series called "Indestructibles".
No, she doesn't play with toys appropriately but she does have the amazing ability to create ladders out of anything. Give her some gum, a few toothpicks, and a paper clip and she's better than MacGyver ever was.
I could go on and on but I think you get the point.
Now I would like to take this opportunity and send a message to all those evaluators with all their questions and this is it:
There - I feel so much better now.