Yesterday was our initial assessment with Brick by Brick. This is the place we are going to be paying ridiculous amounts of money to, for therapy for Sebastian.
We met with Camille, who (I think) is the owner, and the senior therapist etc etc. She does all the intakes, and assessments, and helps design the programs for the kids.
We weren't sure what to expect. Sometimes they want to meet with the kids one on one, without the parents, to see what they are like, without undue influence. Sometimes they just want to talk to the parents. This was a bit of a mixture of both. Sebastian was there, in the room, but basically she talked to us, and observed his interaction with us.
She actually impressed me a couple of times. When we tried to get him to do something (I can't remember what it was now), she watched and learned how we went about getting him to complete the task. She listened when he talked, to learn what he said and how he said it. She had insights on a lot of the things that we told her, and had some thought (not very nice ones :) about the school and the things that they do there.
I started to feel bad that we hadn't gotten him in sooner, but like Geoff said later, when we were talking- you can't do everything all at once. We have been concentrating on other things, and it is just time now for this kind of therapy.
The one thing that she was shocked by was that no speech therapist has been actively working with him on his pronunciation. I was glad to see that. I used to bring it up all the time with his therapists and his doctors, but no one ever seemed concerned or bothered by it. Geoff and I are just used to it now, so it was good to see her kind of indignant about the fact that no one has tried to fix it. She said one of the first things she wants, is to have a ST assess him.
All in all, we were there for about 2 hours. I left feeling really good about it. I think this is going to be money well spent. I am very excited about where this is going to take us, and I can't wait to start!
Rosie N. Grey
The N stands for "nervous, but excited."