It also looks like this:
Fine Motor: 39-40 months (13-14 months behind)
Gross Motor: 38-39 months (13-14 months behind)
Receptive Language: 38-39 months (13-14 months behind)
Expressive Language: 38-39 months (13-14 months behind)
Auditory Memory: 33-34 months (19-20 months behind)
Visual Memory: 27-28 months (25-26 months behind)
Self Help: 37-38 months (15-16 months behind)
Social: 51-52 months (1-2 months behind)
You can see how that in most areas of development, aside from her social skills, she is considerably behind the majority of most kids her age. To Wendy and I, this explains why many people think Sarah should be with other four year olds... her social skills are right where they should be and that's the outward appearance that *you* see. What isn't seen, are the inside things, like what's going on in her head. The words she says and understands, what she sees and remembers, hears and remembers and her ability to self help are the skills that aren't quite where her peers are at. In fact, her visual memory ability is just over where a two year old is at. This is why (in my opinion), that a school setting isn't where she needs to be or where I want her to be. I was assured that her arm flapping is most likely just a reaction to excitement or frustration because she doesn't have the vocabulary to express herself in words.
Overall, Wendy's visit was wonderful. I love having someone who supports me in all my decisions and understands me. She has become a great source of information for me and has always been able to answer my questions. She also supports my decisions and encourages me, including (and especially) the area of homeschooling.
For tonight, I tuck my precious little girl into bed and thank God for the blessing she is to me. I wouldn't trade her for the world. I will fight for her, ensure that she is happy, safe and feels confident in the places she's in. I will protect her to the end and I can see the same protectiveness from her daddy, big brother and older sisters. Her grandparents, aunts and uncles adore her. She will be encouraged, challenged and loved every day.
Have a great weekend!