Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Well, there was a good and bad outcome to his appointment. The "good" news, if you will, was that I am not paranoid and he does in fact need speech therapy. The evaluator said that he was at about an 18 month old level for speech. The "bad" was that he acted like a crazy, wild, unruly child. His appointment was at 3:00 and we had to drive an hour to get there, so we ate lunch and left and he was only to get about an hour nap instead of his usual 1.5-2 hour nap. I don't know if that had anything to do with it or not. He wouldn't sit still or pay attention and he kept trying to throw the balls at her (there were toys in the room with us). He wouldn't "talk" to her at all. She said that he needed to be seen twice a week. One, we live an hour away and there is no way that I want to drive that far twice a week with the price of gas right now. Two, even with insurance it was going to be $20-30 a session. I just can't afford that. Yesterday I called his pediatrician and asked if they could recommend a therapist here. I figured that even though Avmed only covered the one in Gainesville, it may cost less after I factored in gas and the time it would take to get down there. They said that they actually have a therapist on staff through them!! He has to be "referred" to her by the pediatrician, so he has an appointment for that tomorrow. She may be in Lake City, but that is still closer than Gainesville and if she works through them, the insurance should cover it I would assume.