Alyssa's had a busy day! This morning I took her to Child Find to evaluate her for the free preschool that the county offers for special needs children.
She didn't qualify.
Not a surprise since she spent the entire morning talking better then I ever hear her at home! They were probably wondering why I was even there. It took the lady 30 minutes to tell me that Alyssa was fine for her age and not delayed enough for school. I'm actually grateful because I really didn't look forward to explaining to Julianna why Alyssa got to go to school and she didn't. Julianna already struggles with jealousy that Kaitlyn and Caleb get to go and she doesn't. Little does she know that once she starts school she's stuck there for a good 20 years!!
After the school evaluation we hurried home for speech therapy and her 6-month evaluation for that. She has certainly improved since we started this process six months ago. Now at 33 months she's almost talking at her level. There are still a few issues which keep her in the program for the next 3 months (till she turns 3) but otherwise she's doing great. And her therapist says that Julianna is far and above a 33-month old in speech which adds to our feeling that something is "wrong" with Alyssa. Having three the same age makes comparing them very natural even though I know they are three seperate girls with VERY different personalities and VERY different growth rates.
I'm very proud of Alyssa and the progress she has made. She's very good about not complaining when I ask her to repeat herself or when I slow her down to say a sentence. I'm grateful for her good attitude :)