When the day arrived to take Elle for her evaluation, I was a bit nervous, but she had begun saying a couple more words in those five weeks of waiting. We left the other kids with our sitter and headed on over to the office. One of the things I was concerned about, really, was getting the state involved at all. I believe that God has given us the right to raise our children as we see fit and I hesitate to give the government any reason to think they need to intervene. I was afraid that asking for help from them would give them permission to tell me how to run my life! No matter how unfounded, that was one of my concerns. 😉 It was unnecessary.
From the time we arrived for the appointment everyone there was so nice. We only had to wait about 5 minutes before we were led to a room, with toys, where we could wait. It was easy. I was given paperwork and Karl helped keep Elle happy. As I was filling out the paperwork two others joined our coordinator. They were the ‘official’ evaluators. Both ladies were very friendly and put me at ease immediately. Part of the paperwork I was filling in was the M-CHAT, a screening tool for identifying autistic traits in toddlers.
After I completed the paperwork, we all moved to a different room that included a child-sized table. The two evaluators sat down at the table with Elle while the rest of us sat behind them, out of Elle’s line of vision. She was very ready to play, which I thought was a good sign.