- Begin babbling (not yet- at least with consonants)
- Turn and respond to voices (check! accomplished)
- Start to recognize and respond to environmental sounds (i.e. doorbell) (doens't recognize these yet)
- Begin to vocalize needs as demonstrated in pitch of cries (i.e. hungry, mad, etc) (Check! accomplished)
- Vocalizing more to identify/recognize people/objects (e.g. mamama dadadada) (not yet)
- Nolan has a moderate hearing loss. This level of loss is educationally significant in prelingual children. Heck, it's educationally significant in postlingual children!
- We do not yet know if his hearing loss is stable or progressive.
- Meeting goals at six months does not mean that he will remain on target for speech and language at a later date.
- Prime language acquisition time is from the ages of 7-12 months. Kicking him out of the system just before that time period could be detrimental to his development.
- Kids with hearing loss qualify for EI regardless of performance on standardized tests.
I would never forgive myself if I allowed the system to disenroll Nolan, and then find out that he had slipped further behind because services were discontinued just as he really needed them!
Thanks to some very helpful advice on the listen-up email list, I am going to ammend his IFSP to state different goals. Goals that are more far-reaching, such as including a goal to be included in a mainstream school setting. I am going to request that if speech therapy stops, then the services of a ToD (Teacher of the Deaf) begin.
Wish me luck as I call EI tomorrow, and begin the fight to keep my little boy at an age-appropriate level for language development!