Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Afternoon at the Kennedy Krieger Institute

We took Matthew to Kennedy Krieger (Johns Hopkins) in Baltimore, MD on Tuesday. It has a super reputation but I didn't think it was that fabulous. It was pretty...looked like a mini college campus with stone buildings and the staff was nice but I wasn't blown away by anything.

We spent 1.5 hours with a speech pathologist who administered the ADOS and then 1 hour with a developmental pediatrician to discuss Matthew's history, symptoms, and results of the test. Matthew had already taken the ADOS with his dev ped at CHKD so we knew what to expect (we were there for a second opinion and to get more ideas/resources for treatment). He had similar scores...did a little better b/c he had taken it once before and he was 3 months older. The SP was young but did a good job. The ped was originally from India and we had a difficult time understanding her.

The only exciting part about the experience was that we were in a room with a two-way mirror and we were being videotaped. We signed a release so they can use it for future research or training purposes...who knows, maybe one day Matthew's video will make a difference. I'm supposed to call back to make a follow-up visit in 6 months but since they didn't do anything different and we didn't learn anything new I will probably skip that!

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