Sometimes being a parent really blows. Like when one of my children is struggling and I can't "fix" it. I'm a fixer - if there's a problem, I like to know what it is so it can be resolved. We have had about six months with David where we knew "something" wasn't right, but I couldn't fix it. It's truly a miracle (and probably a mistake) that I'm not medicated at this point, because it's been emotionally a very, very difficult six months for me. We finally have some diagnoses for him. Although I wish the diagnosis was nothing, it's not. He has Tourette's Syndrome and, as if that wouldn't be enough, Sensory Processing Disorder. It's interesting to me, and I think not a coincidence, that both of these disorders are neurological in nature, as was his speech disorder (Apraxia of Speech). While I absolutely HATE that he has these two disorders, I do like knowing what is going on. Because now I can fix it.
David has seen a pediatric neurologist, who we absolutely love, love, love. If you are in this area and need a pedi neuro, email me and I'll give you his name. He was wonderful, and I'm so thankful that we were referred to him. We are starting occupational therapy next weekend at an amazing place called Dream Catchers. Ms. Dana is his OT. I have known her professionally for two years, but in the capacity of my office, not hers. David loves her, and I am very hopeful that she will be able to provide us with the skills to really help him. Unfortunately, the OT is out of network for our insurance, and is only covered at 60%. It's not inexpensive, so we'll really have to make the most of the sessions he has and do a lot of follow up at home. I'm really looking forward to seeing the great progress I know he's going to make.