Disquiet (dis qui et) n. a feeling of anxiety or worry.
Not knowing the reason behind your child’s developmental delays can cause a feeling of anxiety or worry.
I work with a lot of students for whom there is no ‘official’ diagnosis, I’m sure many of you do also. The journey towards a diagnosis will frequently be long and confusing, with many wrong turns along the way.
In this chapter, Robert wrestles with his first acknowledgement that the fact that his daughter is not yet talking isn’t normal. He experiences a roller coaster of emotions as each possible reason for the delay is ruled out. He contemplates life for his daughter, if the reason is hearing loss. When that is excluded, he is back to square one, with the reason being unknown.
My take away from this chapter is to increase my empathy for my student’s parents during the diagnosis phase. Parents are often anxious before the ARC meetings, worrying about what they will learn regarding their precious babies and how that will impact their future.
–Chelsea Graham, SLP @ Eisenhower