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Boggles the Mind

Logan had his Early Intervention evaluation yesterday. Four very nice young ladies came to “play” with him and evaluate every aspect of his development. Burke and Maggie went through this as well, so I knew what to expect.

Logan had a blast with all the new “toys” and all of the attention (and with no siblings to take things away!) He wasn’t feeling 100% (still isn’t) and is majorly congested.

Anyway…long story, short – He qualifies for services. You have to have at least a 30% delay in at least one developmental area to qualify. Obviously, I wasn’t surprised that he qualified – I wouldn’t have requested the evaluation if I didn’t think he needed it, right? πŸ™‚

I AM surprised at how far behind his speech actually is. Remembering that he’s 18 months old, he checks in – for speech – at 5 months. Yikes!! That’s more than a year behind! Given that he wasn’t feeling well, I could make some excuses … but what the ladies saw is pretty much what he’s got.

In the other areas he’s either right on schedule or well above. (Apparently, he’s a very social kid – his social skills clock in at 24 months heh) Luckily, the ladies are “excited” by his type. Meaning, they can totally tell that he understands that he needs to communicate, and HOW to communicate (that it’s a two-way thing), he just lacks the ability to create the actual sounds to communicate. They say he’s a bit of an oddity because he’s got intonation for things (like, he’ll intone “Thank you!” when you hand him something or “Up, Please.” if he wants you to pick him up…he just doesn’t say the words), and apparently that’s a bit ahead for his age. (Making scoring him a little bit of a challenge.)

They were impressed when a ball rolled under the table and out into another room…and he looked under the table, but didn’t follow the ball. He went around the table to get it. They were also impressed by how he holds a crayon – apparently little kids aren’t supposed to be holding writing utensils correctly yet πŸ˜‰ And they loved his reasoning skills – figuring out how to get his juice that was too far away, but on a washcloth by pulling the cloth.

Smart kid! We just gotta get him talking.

8 Responses

  1. He is smart and sweet and wonderful. Lots of kids have speech delays. I’ll blog more about this over the weekend but one of Penny’s characteristics indicates she may be speech delayed (when that time rolls around). I am trying to be better about talking to the kids instead of thinking inside my head. Thankfully Nanny talks to them continuously – although I wish she’d call a bottle a bottle instead of a ba-ba. Too long a comment I know but he’ll get the hang of it before you know it.

  2. Clearly, he’s a genius and all he needs is for the rest of us to tap into it! Glad to hear the eval went well, and it sounds like the EI services will probably do the trick, no problem. Don’t you just love that EI is even an option??

  3. EI is awesome! Both my guys got it for high muscle tone….or was it low muscle tone? I forget. In reality I don’t think they needed it at all. They were just automatically eligible b/c their birth weights were both under 900 grams. I loved it b/c it gave me 1-2 days a week of a second set of hands for free.

  4. I loved EI too! Is the EI specialist our kids had still working there? Say hi from us if so! Did I ever tell you she showed me the picture book you made for her? So cute! Anyway, of course Logan is a great communicator. He just flashes that amazing smile and gets whatever he wants. What does he need words for?

  5. Wow – he is smart! Very clever to pull the washcloth and go around the table! Keep us posted πŸ™‚

  6. Looks like Logan is following the family male kid pattern of not talking until he absolutely has to. Probably when he does you’ll miss the days when you could pretend not to understand him!

  7. Amongst other things that Einstein is claimed o have done or done late, is talking – apparently at only 3 years. There you go – see, second Einstein in the making.

  8. That is great that he qualified. He sounds really smart since he figured out how to get his drink.

    My son still doesn’t talk as much as most kids his age. Maybe I should ask his doctor about it.

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