Lacey-May was a little delayed in her early development which wasn't much of a concern until her speech wasn't developing at all. Specialists assumed it was just a speech delay, she then had an operation to have tonsils and adenoids removed and grommets inserted at age 4. When this didn't "fix" the issue were referred to a paediatrician. They were unsure what could be wrong with Lacey-May as she was so unique, she had many symptoms relating to different diagnoses(asd and dyspraxia mainly) but not enough to diagnose with any particular disorder. The paediatrician requested the genetic blood screening which in turn resulted in her diagnosis of 16p11.2 micro deletion.
This is a very rare genetic disorder resulting in speech problems, learning delays, clumsiness and ASD behaviours. We were so happy we finally knew what was going on with our little girl and the explanation seemed to be our little girl rolled into one. Lacey-May is doing fantastically at the moment, her learning has come on leaps and bounds although she still struggles to retain information. She can write her own name and has amazingly learned Makaton so she is able to communicate with her peers. With input from the orthotics her legs don't hurt as much as they used to, and with the amazing work of the occupational therapists she is slowly becoming more independent in her self-care, she is just amazing.