Yes, you read that right. I believe them to be absolutely pointless!
Slade has had two in his lifetime.
One at six months which was a complete dud.
Then one at seven months which was a big hoorah!
Let's talk about that first development assessment at six months.
It started off as a normal day.
Everything was right in the world.
The happiest baby around was in my arms... playing.
That was until...
(da da dum)
The psychologist wanted to play games with him during lunch/nap time.
BIG NO NO!!!
HAVE YOU EVER TRIED TO PLAY WITH A BABY WHEN THEY ARE EITHER:
I BET THAT WAS A VERY FUN TIME IN YOUR LIFE!
Needless to say, Slade played very little and cried a whole lot!
Did I mention he had a good 2 hour drive for this assessment?
Geez mom, what were you thinking!
The test results were not revealed to us because "he did not get a good reading".
Now... Let's talk 7 month developmental assessment!
The day started off with a happy baby.
The day ended with a happy baby.
A delay in language and self-care.
How many babies hold their own bottle at 6 months anyway??
Much less feed themselves!
Nonsense I tell you!
(All of you with einstein babies, calm down. Hooray for you but it just isn't happening over here okay?)
What was the difference might you ask?
We were at home and we scheduled around nap time and bottle time!
I would suggest that if you have to do a developmental assessment at any time in your sweet babies life that you do the same. If you do it during bottle/nap time and are anything like me... you will be upset leaving. Very upset!!