We just wrapped up two days of intensive neuropsych testing for Austin and Reece. Last year, when they had their end-of-the-year testing, the evaluator had told me that she could see there were things going on with Austin that were beyond the scope of her ability to test for. Austin's neurologist wanted him to have neuropsych testing done in 2010 but our insurance company wouldn't pay, and it costs $3000 to have it done (per child). So I have been praying that if the testing is important and it needs to be done, that God would provide the money.
And He did. In a completely crazy way that only God can do! ;)
I have been so absolutely beaten down by medical/autism professionals in the past that I had determined that I wasn't going to let them get to me again. I was telling people left and right how I was going to go in there and tell them that if they couldn't be unbiased towards homeschooling then I would simply walk out. And yadda yadda yadda...
Finally, a couple of weeks ago, my eyes were opened and I realized that what I needed to do was to take a few steps back, and stop trying to be in control. That God provided the money for this testing and I needed to continue to let this stay in His hands and under His control. Because, honestly, when I try to take control of a situation, I typically screw it up royally.
So I've been praying and asking folks to pray that everything would just go smoothly. And I am so pleased with how smoothly it went. Reece was first yesterday and she charmed everyone in sight. She worked hard and didn't have any meltdowns (though she told me a few times she felt like crying because things were hard). Today was Austin's turn and despite having a baseball double-header last night and not getting home until after 10PM and having to get up at 6:15 this morning, he also did very well. I really like the doctor we saw (completely random doctor because you just get who you get if you want to get in quickly like I did). She is a mom and she was very attentive and not judgmental at all - at least not to my face! LOL She asked me about our homeschooling curriculum and I explained to her how Charlotte Mason's philosophy lined up perfectly with the Vygotsky (who I'm sure she's heard of LOL) principles which underlie RDI. I explained to her that she might see an area like writing and think my kids are behind, but if she can look at their 'story recall' scores from last year (which were off the charts) she would see that they have the skill of oral composition down. And we are working on the sequential steps necessary to take that to the written level. I explained that we do it very slowly and methodically and while it may not reflect the public school or standardized testing world, I believe it more accurately reflects developmental levels in my children. She said, "That makes perfect sense to me." She really listed to me and took copious notes both days.
I go back in 3 weeks to get the results, which is wonderful! When Austin has his initial neuropsych testing we had to wait 2 months! This will be perfect timing since I'll have several months until the start of our new school year to try to implement suggestions. The homeschool conference is at the end of July so I'll be able to get what I need at that point, having all of this information.
I am eagerly awaiting these results and hope that they will provide some answers and guidance for the last 3 years of Austin's homeschooling - and the next 8 years of Reece's!