Getting my 3 year old to see a speech pathologist has been an excruciating process.
I looked up the info online. I did this last year, so I didn't think it would be too difficult.
I was referred to a different organization that handles children once they are 3. That organization told me they did not, in fact, handle 3 year olds. I was referred to the elementary school (the one my kindergartener attends).
I called the speech pathologist and had a quick phone pre-screening to verify his qualification for an evaluation (which would then verify his qualification for therapy. yeah.). I had to wait 10 days after the pre-screening for the paperwork to be filed so I could go in and sign more paperwork. I thought I'd be able to schedule the evaluation then.
Instead, I was told I need to provide a vision and hearing test within the last year before he can be evaluated. His last hearing screening was about 16 months ago. He has never had his vision tested. I've now set up an appointment for the hearing test for as soon as I could get in - this Friday. I contacted his pediatrician to see if they can give me a written confirmation that he shows no indication of vision loss (because how the hell do I get a vision screening for a three year old that can't talk?!).
THEN, I can schedule the evaluation. THEN, I can get him signed up for therapy. THEN, I can actually address his speech delay.
I want to pull my hair out! I have now left work early 2 separate times to get this situated and have at least 2 more times to go (his hearing screening and the speech evaluation). Thankfully, my company has been understanding. Every appointment has needed to be scheduled for Fridays and that is the WORST day for me.
On top of this, I have my other son's first parent teacher conference coming up. I really don't want to miss, but I am afraid of asking too much of my company. : /