January 13, 2011

Movin' On Up!

Bertrand's time "actively engaged" has been steadily increasing!

Bertrand's goal review was today at the Carmen B. Pingree Center for Children with Autism.
On February 2, 2010, a care plan meeting was scheduled with Bertrand's parents. At that meeting, they identified the following goals for their son: "According to the parents, Bertrand will develop more communication. He will tolerate changes in the environment. He will improve his social awareness, including eye contact." The parents and team members reviewed this goal in August 2010 and determined it was still appropriate for Bertrand. While Bertrand has faced many medically related difficulties in reaching his goal, he still has shown progress. He is able to remain regulated in the classroom for longer periods of time. He is showing improvement in his ability to use eye gaze to communicate with others. He shows more enjoyment in the classroom through increased eye contact, laughter and smiling. His parents note that he is doing many of the same things both at home and in other environments. This progress cannot always be captured through developmental assessments. However, developmental assessments have been completed with Bertrand using the Early Learning Accomplishment Profile (ELAP). The results from his assessment are provided below:

ELAP (3/15/10)ELAP (new)
Gross Motor5 months6 months
Fine Motor1 month3 months
Cognitionless than 1 month3 months
Language1 month5 months
Self-Helpunscorable6 months
Personal/Social3 months6 months

This is only the first section of the goal review, but you get the idea. Bertrand has recovered a lot of from his developmental regression in 2009 and early 2010. He is creeping back into the 6 month range developmentally and is happier overall--which is the most important thing. :)


  1. Oh hurrah, this is brilliant news! Yeah! Go Bertrand! :)

  2. I'm guessing there's a fair amount of important parent 'happier overall', too, eh? I know I am happier, overall, to read his progress. :) Barbara

  3. What wonderful news! This made my day!

  4. Way to go, Bertrand! Inchstones!