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Monday, June 4, 2012

FINALLY time for a Baby Waffle update!

I really wanted to get to this sooner but you know things come up and life gets in the way.  

Baby Waffle has really been making some progress with his speech therapy.  He is picking up new words all the time but honestly nothing that most people can understand.  He will age out of his current program on July 22 when he turns 3. At that point he will go into the Early intervention program through the public school system.  I have serious reservations about this BUT unfortunately we are not independently wealthy and well those SLP's have a pesky way of expecting payment!  

So we had our intake meeting for the school system today.  I was actually semi prepped for a fight because our current case manager gave me a lot of 'if he qualifies' comments but I think she just had to cover her heiny! When I first arrived at my meeting today they had already completed all the paperwork that made him eligible and basically I was there to sign.  They did however have him only getting 1 1/2 hour session a week but between my caseworker and myself we got that back up to 2 1/2 hour sessions a week which he is getting now.  Unfortunately since this is the public school system they will not start with him until school starts leaving almost exactly a month without services.  This also means nothing during Christmas, spring break or summer.  United healthcare will not help with anything speech related to 'developmental delays'.  We have already decided to do what we can to continue our current services on our own dime until the school starts but that wont help with the other breaks.  Anyone who knows Baby Waffle KNOWS this will probably be a problem.  No one seems to be able to definitively say yes this is Apraxia we are dealing with.  He is sooo not a textbook case of anything!  What the ladies did say is that if we COULD get an actual Apraxia tag on him then it is medical NOT developmental and UHC would in fact pick up some speech.  NOW if anyone (*Amanda Furbeck if you read this!) could tell me what I should do to make that happen I would greatly appreciate the suggestions!  For now we are staying with the status quo and enjoying the cuteness that is Baby Waffle! 

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