Autism

Autism Assessments, Evaluations and Tests: You are worth more than numbers

 

Charlie,

Today was one of those days. We got the results back from your PPCD speech assessment. They evaluated your ability to communicate. If your delays in speech and communication were significant enough, you’d be eligible to attend the special-needs classroom. I knew without a shadow of a doubt that you would qualify. Still it hit me kinda hard when the speech therapist called back with the results. You scored in the 1st and 2nd percentiles for the two speech and communication tests. The bottom of the scale. “The gap is quite severe”, she said.

You know what Charlie? Those tests are stupid. Albert Einstein said, “If you judge a fish by its inability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid”.

I wish they would have evaluated your amazing ability to sort objects by size and color! I wish they’d evaluate your creativity when playing with blocks and the shapes you make. I wish they would evaluate your ability to make high towers and be so delicate when doing so. I wish they would evaluate your great taste in music.

Your inability to communicate and speak doesn’t define you. Autism doesn’t define you. You are unique, and you can do so much more than they saw at first glance. Let’s just forget about the numbers and focus on what you can do. I have the feeling that one day you will show them- one day you will tell them what you can really do.

I love you,
Mom

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7 Comments

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    Amber
    2016-12-11 at 12:50 AM

    You are a beautiful person and that child is so lucky to have you. Love Love Love

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    Amber
    2016-12-14 at 12:04 AM

    This is stunning. You are stunning.

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    Amber
    2016-12-14 at 12:10 AM

    This was so touching. No doubt he will do great things with a mama like you by his side. <3

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    Nicole Banuelos
    2016-12-14 at 12:17 AM

    This is such a beautiful post that shows your mama heart through and through. Charlie will no doubt accomplish great things in life with the help of such a wonderful, loving mom.

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    Dawn Winkler
    2016-12-14 at 2:39 AM

    This is a beautiful post. Love you and sweet Charlie. <3

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    Jason Frost
    2016-12-14 at 2:45 AM

    So sweet! So great!

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    Christiane & François DEVERTU
    2016-12-14 at 4:25 PM

    Superbe et poignant à la fois. Vous êtes adorable

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