Today we had the ECEP for Harmon which is a special evaluation done by a team from University of New Mexico. They come down from Albuquerque and the team is like Chris put it "the bad boys" of child development. They include a developmental pediatrician and several other PHD's from various fields like speech and psychology. It was just such a unique opportunity to have such a great team evaluate your child. They worked with him for 2 hrs. Grilled me for another 2 hrs and than came up with so much helpful information.
We didn't waste time on labels instead we focused on the fact that yes Harmon has a processing disorder (he takes in his world in a very unique way) but with proper support he is going to keep continuing to thrive and be no less successful than other child when they grow up. They reiterated that he is smart, sweet, and talented. Yes, he has an overabundance of energy, has faced delays, and can have some pretty good meltdowns but he is so much more than that.
The team has helped us come up with direct plans to help him continue his amazing upward process. We talked about challenges such as eating (he still hardly eats anything) and potty training which hasn't worked really at all. There are no magic answers but with continued support he is just going to keep thriving!!!
Nothing will be easy but when you are a parent it struck me that nothing ever is easy. In a way I'm glad we have had challenges with him. It makes us much more vigilant than if everything had come easily. It helps us celebrate everything and not take things for granted, not only with Harmon but with all the critters. Each one of our children is such a unique gift but they need our help to guide them. The more I can learn to help them hopefully will help them in their journey! It is a gift to be a parent (a very difficult gift) and so we want to be the best we can.
We have one more ECEP for Rachel on Thursday. I'm excited, we are going to learn more!!!