abit nervous worrying that he will see her and say that she is normal and that we r being silly hv had concerns for a little while mentioned it to the school , had a meeting with senco and her teacher they hv noticed 10 areas of concern
main issues and areas of concern we hv :-
puts shoes on wrong feet sleep issues tantrums alot has trouble riding a bike , throwing a ball gets tired easily especially walking very fussy eater and messy loud shrill voice very excitable doesnt listen
How about her ability to follow and remember instructions, dressing, fine motor skills such as pencil grip, puzzles, playdough, drawing, buttons and zips, any sensory issues around touch (clothes, sand or water for example) or noise . Take a list and you will probably be asked questions about her birth development and milestones as well as she being asked to do simple things such as puzzles or copy a picture or follow a line with a pencil. Be prepared for there to be some grey areas and not come away with a diagnosis. Some of what you describe could also be attributed to other conditions such as ASD and APD and there can be overlaps with dyspraxia and dyslexia et al.
I will be interested to hear how the appt goes. Please come back and tell us .... DS(7) sounds just like your DD (although his crawling / walking etc milestones were achieved a bit earlier - is it even possible to have dyspraxia and not be delayed on these????) and I am going to the GPs later this week to request referral....
mrsbaffled- yes this was r first paedatrician appmnt retests dh said they took her weight and height, got her to hop etc not much else
indigobell - i thought that it was odd that he isnt referring her to anyone else!! my dh took dd1 to the appmnt so i dont know exactly what was said they r going to send us a letter regarding there findings can u get to see an occupational therapist without a referral? hopefully the letter will explain there thoughts
I'm really cross with your paed if he is going to do nothing for your DD . If he has dyspraxia then she will really benefit from OT. I would call and ask how long the report will take to come as ours took 6 weeks at least. You don't want to wait all that time for a report which says nothing.
I'd also find it strange that she hasn't been referred to OT for review at least. See what the letter says and do follow it up. Mind you ds had a 18 month wait for assesssment by NHS OT so she may have progressed in the meantime anyway.
You will know more when you get the report, but if she tested as dyspraxic then she will need OT. Our report took about six weeks as well - I think that's pretty standard.
In our case they cleverly assessed ds as bang on the cut off for not receiving support. I've since found out that this is typical in our NHS Trust and down to being underfunded and short-staffed. The report has still been useful though, as it recommended things that the school could do to support ds in the classroom (wobble cushion, being allowed to get up and move around regularly, special pencils/pens) as well as asking them to do the BEAM programme with him daily - something that is going to be implemented next term. The report also stated that he shouldn't be made to do joined up writing and should type longer pieces of work.
She recommended a couple of things we could buy to help him at home as well, such as a different type of wobble board and some special cutlery, which have both been useful.
Hi go back to gp and demand a referral, if not take the report to another gp. The OT is your life line to getting help so it's a must. I don't know where you live but I am in the highlands, and am a member of the HDCD sorry can't do links. Google them, not sure if people outside the area can become members but their website is accessible to all and has heaps of info.
Not sure of your child's age but the school can refer to the OT so you could try that route or speak to your health visitor.
Early intervention is crucial. If my own son had an earlier diagnosis his first years at school would have been a hell of a lot easier, however my OT and LT are fantastic and I can't tell you how much they have changed his life.
You must be prepared to fight it's just part of the course so take nothing at face value and arm yourself with as much info as you can.