Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Pumpkin Patch Language

My parents visited for a week and it was so nice to have the extra pair of hands to help out with the boys! Extra adults means extra language and more one-on-one attention, so we had a week packed with activities while they were here.

We visited the local pumpkin patch "Pumpkinville," which is a great example of capitalism at its best (or worst, depending on who is shelling out the money for the games)! We had a lot of new words this time around, including: water pump, turkey, cannon, pumpkins, cider, maze, and hay.

I'm not sure how many of those words Nolan remembers, but all these new concepts and words will work its way into his brain over time. We're still seeing a receptive language lag, but he did retrieve a book the other day with no visual cues. We'll get there in time!

Our speech language pathologist wants to increase Nolan's therapy time to work on his receptive language, and I hope that increase in time goes through. He's due for his annual evaluation in November, so any time increase will take place after that evaluation. We're also concerned that he is "humming" again and is becoming more inconsistent with response to sound. He still responds on occasion, so we're not sure if he's demonstrating another drop in hearing or if he is just showing the selective hearing that his brother displays. Our next hearing test will be at the same time of year as his EI evaluation, so we'll have a busy November/December.

In the mean time, we are reading, talking, signing, and singing!

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