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- Adjusting to Hearing Aids
- Free Resources for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children
- First Steps When Baby Can't Hear
- When Baby "Refers" on the Newborn Hearing Test
- Water Sports with Hearing Aids
- What is the Newborn Hearing Screen?
- The Best Hearing Aid Accessories for Kids
- Choosing Eyeglasses for Kids
- Great Hearing Loss Simulations
Friday, April 18, 2008
Deja Vu All Over Again
So, Nolan's SLP tested him AGAIN with the PLS-4. This time, he came out ahead with expressive langauge (he babbles with four consonants and that puts him at an 8 month old level) and a bit "behind" with receptive language (because he won't interrupt an activity when his name is called and doesn't understand the word "no"- this puts him at a six month old level).
She gave me the scores today and wanted to reduce his sessions to twice per month. Haven't we been here before?? I told her I wasn't comfortable with that, and she suggested once per week for monitoring purposes. Since Matt sees her twice per week, she'd be here for him, anyway.
I called our EI coordinator and asked her about switching Nolan to a Speech Language Pathologist who has worked with deaf and hard of hearing kids before. I obtained her name from our local audiologist, who has been very supportive of us. The EI coordinator surprised me and said there is a new TOD who works with Buffalo Hearing and Speech Center, and the TOD might be available. If the TOD is available and able to come this far, we'll take her! If not, we'll switch to the SLP who was recommended by the audiologist.
Either way, I won't be left constantly fighting for Nolan to retain services, and I won't have to worry about a SLP who really isn't familiar with the needs of deaf and hard of hearing kids. Granted, Nolan's loss is moderate and not severe or profound, but reducing services before he is really talking seems premature. Matt, my HEARING kid, babbled just fine at seven/eight months of age. He quit babbling at 15 months and didn't start talking again until after he turned two! I'm a little "on edge" when it comes to losing services, since my hearing kid doesn't talk all that well! Sheesh.
Off to get some tea and a bagel. And some Advil (from banging my head against the wall)....