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Thad’s Autism Evaluation and Surviving Our First Big Accident

March 18, 2014



About a month and  a half ago, this little cutie was standing innocently on the stair landing trying to get past his sister and upstairs.  And then in the excitement that her Papah had walked in, his sister GENTLY (ha) nudged him and he fell back and hit his head on the landing.  It didn’t seem like that serious of a fall.  I’ve seen worse.  But when he got up he was bleeding. Thinking he had bit his lip or mouth on his fall, we took him to the shower to try to distract and clean him up.  When I looked in his mouth, where that beautiful front tooth that we had suffered through so many sleepless nights cutting was SUPPOSED to be, it was gone. I seriously thought he had knocked it out and swallowed it.  This was Sunday and we were leaving for Wyoming in just a few days.  A good friend recommended a pediatric dentist who saw us on Monday and found that Thad’s tooth had been pushed up into his gum. After a trip to the pediatrician to make sure he hadn’t suffered a concussion, it was a waiting game. We’ve been back a few times and unfortunately, Thad’s tooth is not making much progress at coming back down.  Luckily no other teeth or his jaw were injured.  So now we are just waiting to see what will have to be done to remedy the situation.  We survived our first major accident.  Minus a tooth.

And he’s still cute.


Thad had his 2 year sibling study on March 10 and 11 at Marcus Autism Institute.  He did his eye tracking thing.  He was so into the movies this time that he watched literally every single movie they had available. We recorded an entire hour of eye tracking, which is oh so fun the 100th time I’ve seen these things.  He had a developmental assessment, speech assessment, the ADOS and the Bailey.   And on the second day, when they all hurried in with him in the room and didn’t bring along the tell tale box of Kleenex, I knew it was going to be ok.  Ahead developmentally on everything.  Speech, fine motor, gross motor and play skills.  There was some times when they feel like he should have responded to his name but its hard to know if its an actual issue or if he just was excited about new toys.  And seeing for the first time a neurotypical child take the ADOS, all the excuses and things I had told myself are totally just that.. excuses.  He responded COMPLETELY different to the assessment than either Rett or Evie.  He did not do one sensory seeking thing that I saw.  She kept trying to tempt him into touching the stuff, he was totally disinterested.


So now we just have one more ADOS/eye tracking to do at 3 and we’ll have completely the entire sibling study!  We’ve been participating now for 2 years and excited to sign the new baby up also.  A tiny way that we can make the road easier for the families in the future.

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