This little baby of ours is just three months shy of her 3rd birthday. At that time, our life as we know will change quite drastically, yet again. We have benefited from Early Intervention Services since Oia was just 7 months old. Essentially, it is all we know. To say that it has saved our life isn't far from the truth. EI has provided us with dedicated therapists who have driven to our home without complaint multiple times per week to assist in Oia's overall development by practicing meaningful therapy and to offer endless amounts of encouragement, information, and support as we trudge along on this very emotional journey in the special needs world. There is no doubt that without it, Oia would not be where she is today, nor would I.
All of this support is abruptly over the minute Oia turns 3. No more home therapies. No more Service Coordinator; our go-to gal. Game over. Apparently by the time a child turns 3, they are to be 'normal' and begin living as such. I realize the service is a privilege and at some point there will always be change but at times I feel like we've only just begun.
So, what do we do now? The next logical step; and the best one in our opinions, is to enroll Oia in a special education preschool program. EI has begun that transition and referral process for us so I know one little girl who will be venturing into a new world very soon.