It's been a while since we blogged about Sasha's Adventures in Development and it seems high time for an update!
We've (ok, really it's just been Steve, I deserve no credit in this portion of Sasha's journey) been meeting with representatives from a local early intervention program, Kids on the Move, for the last few weeks and the experience has been really positive. Sasha's initial assessment was really positive, noting on-level development in gross motor, social-emotional, and self-help skills; very minor cognitive and fine motor delays; and then more substantial delays in receptive and expressive language. These delays came as no surprise to us, considering her 2 years of institutional care, a new language, a new mouth, and hearing issues because of the cleft that weren't resolved until May's surgeries! And the fact that the specialists agree that she is completely on-level socially and emotionally just blows me away. Our little girl is such a wonder.
So we have a general specialist (is that an oxymoron?) coming every two weeks and a speech therapist coming once a month and then in a few months they'll do another evaluation and decide on next steps. Right now we're working on the "p" sound, so this is Sasha's Pail of P's (puppy, tape, slipper, pillow, etc). Given potty training, the emphasis on "p" is a bit unfortunate... but I'm sure Steve will recover, eventually, from the emotional trauma of it all.