Sunday, August 14, 2011

NICU Follow-Up Clinic

A lot has happened since my last post, and I'll break it up into 2 separate posts to keep the length down.

Last Thursday we had an appointment with the NICU follow-up clinic.  Judith met with Maureen (the NICU PT) and with Dr. Unger.  It was great to see both of them again, and it was fun to show off how far Judith has come!

For the most part, things are looking good: her current weight is around 14 lbs 9 oz, and her length remains the same (they measured her around 24.5", but we got pretty consistent 25" before clinic, so I'm going with that and attributing the 1/2" less to the difference in measuring devices).

Judith was put through the developmental tests, and is measuring on target or ahead for most things: Expressive is at an 8 month level (on target for her actual age - yay!), Gross motor is at a 6 month level (on target for adjusted age), and there were 1 or 2 other things that are on target for her adjusted age but I can't remember what they are anymore.  We found out that she has a pretty significant delay in fine motor, and I'm honestly not surprised - I've been watching Judith interact with things in the environment and noticing some small things that she should be doing but isn't yet, like holding her bottle on her own.  She scored at a 3-3.5 month level in fine motor, so that means Maureen will contact Judith's early intervention service coordinator and arrange for an occupational therapy eval and services.  Maureen noticed that Judith doesn't like to pick up certain things, and she said she is seeing some tactile defensiveness (I think that was the term...) and we have to get Judith to work through that.  Hence the OT services.  I don't doubt that the services will help her catch up to where she needs to be - PT has been doing wonders for her, and I'm sure OT will do the same!

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