Welcome to Joaquin’s Life – Living life with Global Development Delay and meeting milestones at his own pace!
Global Development Delay
Joaquin is 3 years old and he’s the toughest, sweetest guy we know! Joaquin is currently undiagnosed. He has global developmental delay that limits his mobility. As of this post (July 2018) He is learning to crawl, cannot stand independently and is not walking. His preferred method of getting around – scooting!
Joaquin’s Global Development Delay also includes communication. Right now he is nonverbal, he’s working hard on nonverbal communication with the PECS (Picture Exchange Communication) program and is strengthening his mouth muscles primarily using the Talk Tools program – he works on both with his amazing Speech Therapist!
This guy is busy! Currently, Joaquin has two speech sessions per week – one to focus on communication and the other to work on oral strength. Physical Therapy once a week where he works on mobility and gross motor development. Occupational Therapy/Aquatic Therapy once a week to work on fine motor skills, motor planning and relaxing his tight muscles. He also has Developmental Preschool that he attends four times per week and also receives therapy at school! Exhausting right?
More Than a Label
Joaquin is so much more than any label or diagnosis. He LOVES books! He recently (February 2018) learned to get into the sitting position, his smile will melt your heart, he’s empathetic, and his love for Daniel Tiger is unreal! Joaquin has so much going for him and we know that he’s going to do amazing things!
Thank you for being here and we hope you follow him on his journey as we have fun, cheer him on, celebrate every new milestone, and advocate for awareness, kindness, and inclusion! 💙 #JoaquinsLife