The Easter Seals people came by today to evaluate Hailey’s need for
physical therapy. Back when Hailey was taking medication her physical
development seemed to lag. Her muscle tone appeared underdeveloped and
the pediatrician recommended the Early Childhood Intervention Program,
which is designed to help premature babies catch up with full term
babies. In the three or so weeks that Hailey has been off of her
medication, she has been busily catching up all by herself.
Most of Hailey’s development is progressing on schedule when you
account for her corrective (minus 10 weeks) age. Hailey can make vowel
sounds, roll over, follow sounds and objects, gum her food, cry
differently for different needs, place weight on her legs, coo, and
hold her head up. These are all good things for her.
One of Hailey’s skills is progressing at an advanced level, her social
skills. They rate Hailey’s social skills at the 8 to 8.5 month
level. Brianna is quite relieved that Hailey is taking after her and
not me in this area. Hailey loves people and strangers and will play
and talk with anyone that is interested in playing with her.
Hailey’s improved development in the last three weeks since we have
been waiting for her appointment means that Hailey won’t be needing
the early intervention program. They will follow up with us until
Hailey is three to make sure she continues her growth and development