After our third child was born, our lives quickly began to turn upside down. We were told that our daughter Lily has a rare chromosomal disorder called Cri du Chat. This was devastating news, and the doctors told us she may not walk, talk, or live into adulthood. It was a few weeks later that we had therapists in our home evaluating Lily, that we asked to have Hunter evaluated for speech as well. We soon found out that while he doesn't have a diagnosis, he does have some delays and sensory issues.
This was almost too much to cope with, but with the amazing help from all of the therapists and early intervention programs we have seen huge changes in Hunter and I could probably pursue a career in special Education with all of the training I have received in the last year!
Right now Hunter is in a special preschool program as well as speech and occupational therapy. Lily also has occupational therapy once a week and developmental therapy once a month. It makes for a very hectic schedule, but I have seen great progress in each child and I am so grateful for the wonderful people who come into our home and work with our children
Because of our experience with Hunter, I encourage anyone who has any concerns about their child to contact their state's Early Intervention program, or talk to your pediatrician. If it were not for Lily we would have had no idea that Hunter was not just a "typical energetic" boy and I am so grateful that we were able to get him the help he has needed at such a young age. I cannot express enough the difference we have seen in this boy!
If you want to read more posts about CdC or special needs, you can see a complete list by clicking on the label Special Needs.
I also have a series about grieving and the experience I had grieving the loss of the child I thought I would have. If you would like to see this complete series you can click on the label Stages of Grief.