Michael, our miracle son, was premature, slow in development, underweight and height challenged. These issues were exacerbated by Michael's difficulty with speaking progression. Cause for concern peaked when no early development specialist, and we saw many, had any success in working with him or shedding any light on this life-altering issue. While Michaelcommunicated freely by gesticulations, facial gestures, and head movements he spoke few words and experienced limited to no speech progress. My wife was relentless in her quest to do whatever possible to prove the medical specialists wrong and to find someone who could help.
After several unsuccessful meetings with specialists, our pediatrician, the parent of a special needs child, suggested that we explore the Early Intervention Program at St. John of God Community Services. Despite my hesitancy, my wife was persistent and scheduled the Early Intervention Evaluation. Afterwards, a Service Coordinator for EI visited with us. After discussing the results of the evaluation with the Early Intervention Team, my wife was eager to obtain the help. Although grateful and optimistic, I remained a skeptic. How could this woman assure me that SJOGCS could address Michael’s issues when so many specialists were befuddled? Thankfully my wife won.
Following that meeting, we were introduced to the Occupational Therapist assigned to help Michael. Admittedly I was not sold on this first visit, and resigned myself to believing that even this organization could not fill the void that baffled numerous specialists. A variety of exercises, which included sign language tutorials, were deployed. I remained skeptical. My wife, however, saw something which conflicted with my inner "doubting Thomas". At my wife’s insistence, the Occupational Therapist,
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