People outside of the family also struggled to understand Ellie when she spoke, and Carolyn was worried that Ellie wasn’t quite meeting her speech development milestones. She had been trying to book Ellie in to see an occupational therapist and a speech pathologist for the past year, as she hoped this might help uncover the root of the problems.Unfortunately, the health services in the nearest town – a three-hour round trip away – were fully booked.
They just couldn’t take any new clients.
When the Healthy Kids Bus Stop visited their local town, Carolyn hoped attending would give her insight into why Ellie was so distressed and help them find a way forward.
During their visit, Ellie received screenings from not only an occupational therapist and speech pathologist, but also an audiometrist, paediatric nurse, a dentist and a dietician.
The occupational therapy screening returned no significant concerns, and while the speech assessment noted some delays, these were quite minor and not enough to cause the outbursts they were experiencing.
However, during the oral health check, a discovery was made which hadn’t been considered. Ellie had no enamel on her teeth!