Busy Day

Today is a day I’ve been waiting for.  Today, after waiting six months (!) on a waiting list, I’m taking Tad to Children’s Hospital, going to their Autism Center, and having a consult with a neurodevelopmental pediatrician.

Honestly, I have no idea what to expect from this appointment.

Meeting with a pediatric specialist was one of the recommendations that Dr. S. gave us when she initially diagnosed Tad as autistic, but it’s more of a standard operating procedure thing.  Our regular pediatrician, Dr. N., has been more than supportive and has given us referrals to basically anywhere we asked to go, but even he acknowledges that he’s no “expert” in this field – though he certainly sees many autistic kids within the practice.

So, I’m basically walking in with Tad and saying, “This is my son – please tell me what you can about him.”

In the meantime, Tad will probably be carrying a shark book, a Batman comic book, and spelling words aloud for me.  He’s become very obsessively interesting in letters, words, spelling and reading lately, thanks to Word World.  Thanks to the show, here’s a list of words that he can spell perfectly now:
shark (yeah, that was a no brainer)

And he’s working on sheep, bear, pizza, pancake, water… honestly, it’s amazing.  He’s turning into some kind of spelling savant.  His writing still needs work, but he is trying so hard to get all his letters right.

What on earth is this neurodevelopmental pediatrician going to say to me??

After this appointment, Tad has school, and Rerun and I will be in Ane’s class, volunteering.  Well, I volunteer.  Rerun entertains.  And then we have Awana at church in the evening.

Somewhere in there, Rerun needs a nap, and I’ll probably need one, too.  Will I get it?  Probably not.  So, don’t expect a long blog post tomorrow.  I might have lots to say, but not enough energy to write it up.  After all, I have a birthday party to plan for, too.

2 Responses to “Busy Day”

  1. Aunt Lynda
    March 2nd, 2011 08:59

    It’s really exciting that he wants to spell like that. Is he interested in reading too? What a challenge and a joy he is!

  2. Aunt Mary
    March 8th, 2011 19:56

    I know lots of fist graders (and some 2nd graders) who cannot spell those words!