Yesterday was Joshua's hearing test. An Audiology Intern did the test so when we had questions she had to go ask someone else. She also didn't explain what she was doing but she did two tests; a pressure test and another one where she put a probe in his ear (she did one ear at a time) and it was connected to the computer. Not sure exactly what it was but she said his hearing checked out fine except he had some fluid in one ear. Since we weren't satisfied with the results being fine due to our observations of his hearing we are going to their hearing center to have him tested in the sound proof booth. She said she wanted his ear clear of fluid first but when we took him to the pediatrician she said that the little fluid in his ear shouldn't affect his hearing. He doesn't have an ear infection so he is on children's claritin 1/2 tsp. per day for two weeks and then we go back to have it checked.
We briefly discussed the Greenville Developmental Pediatric visit with her and she agreed with the nurse that he doesn't fit the mold of a child with a sensory problem. She was concerned and wants to get to the bottom of what's going on. We told her that we found out it's a 3-4 month wait for a genetics appt and she said that it's the only place in town but they are very good and thorough so we are going to make the appt.
Earlier this week we met with the speech therapist to go over her evaluation and set up goals. It was hard to hear again how he is delayed and she put him at a moderate to severe speech delay (both expressive and receptive). So we have a lot of work to do. I was a little (ok a lot) overwhelmed by this and the dozen goals she has set up for him. She did say that we don't have to work on them all at once although during her sessions with him she will try to work on as many as she can but we should focus on 1 or 2 at a time. He starts next week so I will get more details about how to work on each individual goal and which ones she thinks we should start with.
We are also getting an occupational therapy evaluation but I'm afraid that starting that right now as well will be too much for both of us. It's not yet set up so it's just as well, we have to get adjusted a little to the new schedule before we start something else.