Tuesday, December 13, 2011

365/347 Hard to test

We received the IEP evaluation from Syd’s speech therapist today. Syd is not easy to test, she will not answer questions that are asked of her. To really “see” where she is at in her development, the teacher, speech therapist, and myself observed her throughout last week and filled out a questionnaire.

The combination of our answers place Syd’s Auditory Comprehension (receptive) {how well she understands the language she hears} at 1 year, 11 month and her Expressive Communication {how well she expresses herself} at 2 years, 2 months.

When I first read the report I was very saddened by those results. I see great improvement everyday from her; she speaks new words everyday and improvement on pronunciation of words she has been speaking for awhile. I guess I thought she would test out at a higher age.

After talking it over with Hubby and then her speech therapist I feel better about it. Her speech therapist told me that she has only been “hearing” words clearly since June when she got her Baha. She is right on track for  a child just learning to talk. Hubby said that we knew she was behind other kids her age but she is smart and picking up new things everyday.  It is just a matter of time until she will be “at age level”.  

I think I just need to focus on what I see changing and leave the test result for the professionals to worry about. Syd will get there with the help of ESA and she will have many many loved ones cheering her on from the sidelines.

Hubby’s note:  Both the ESA folks and we see that Syd has a certain stubbornness about her.  She does things “her way”.  While it makes the testing more challenging, she has demonstrated a determination to learn and that will make all the difference in her progress.  She comes by that trait naturally (her mother, of course Smile).


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