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Tuesday, November 25, 2008
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Things aren't looking very good for our hearing test on Thursday. I took Nolan to the pediatrician because of his persistant cough and the fluid coming out of his ear. It is never good when the doctor looks in your child's ear and says, "oh, this is bad. This is very, very bad."
Not only does he have bronchitis, an ear infection, and a low grade fever, but he's ruptured his right eardrum despite having a PE tube in that ear. When I mentioned the PE tube, the pediatrician took a closer look and said that the hole was quite large and the PE tube is gone. Luckily the tube in his left ear is functioning well.
Nolan got a lovely injection of high-dose antibiotic to stem the rapid infection in that ear, to be followed with antibiotic ear drops and oral antibiotics. Time to stock up on the yogurt!
We're also missing the tone hook on his left hearing aid. We have the loose earmold and the hearing aid, but no tone hook. I don't want to blame anyone, but I have a suspect in mind:
Sure, he looks innocent...
I gave the audiologist a call to see if she wanted to call off his hearing test. She wants to take a look at his ruptured eardrum and to get soundbooth results anyway, though she warned us his test results will probably be poor in that right ear. The hole should heal on its own, but it has to be monitored because sometimes a minor surgery is required to patch the hole. We'll probably end up with a hearing test about a month after this one, just to watch the hearing in that ear.
I am counting the days until cold and flu season is over!
Yesterday evening the "lady game" (Matthew's term) came to our house to evaluate Matthew. He has already been evaluated for speech and language, so we know he still qualifies for services based on articulation. This testing was a formality to assess his general cognitive skills. We won't have the results back for a week or two, but the psychologist did tell me she's confident he's performing at age level.
The testing was interesting. There were puzzles to put together (Matt got to the five-piece puzzles and was stymied after that). Blocks to build in patterns that matched a template set up by the psychologist (he could do anything with three blocks, but four blocks were a little difficult). Lots of questions for information (he couldn't name the colors in a rainbow, for instance). There were also a lot of receptive language questions. He missed two that I thought he would get- one of a lamp (we don't have bedside lamps, so he isn't familiar with the term) and one of an iron (embarrassing, but I don't iron our clothes very often).
Matt's responses to some of the questions were rather interesting. A selection of his answers are below:
Monday, November 17, 2008
I forgot about Matt! He's transitioning from EI to the school district, so he has to have a full psychological evaluation (translate this as IQ, not "my parents traumatized me as a child" psychology). The center called today and they're going to test him tonight.
Hey, at least we have a few hours between tests!
Thursday, November 13, 2008
- Respond to name on a consistent basis and turn to parent's names on a consistent basis.
He doesn't turn to his name on a consistent basis, but this could be due to his age. He gets engrossed in things that are far more interesting than turning to his name. A hearing test in one week will verify that this is an attention issue vs. hearing issue.
- Respond to basic questions (i.e. "where is the ball?") with a sign or gesture.
Check! He will find anything with a known vocabulary and will point to it or bring it to us.
- Identify at least 30 nouns and 10 verbs by choosing picture.
Hmmm... He'll probably get 30 nouns, but he hasn't figured out the verb thing yet. Maybe we'll work on "jumping" and "sitting" next week!
- Identify 5 body parts on himself or a doll.
He can identify his nose, but that is it at this point in time. If you ask him where his mouth is, he'll point to his nose. If you ask him where is ears are, he'll point to his nose... another thing we're working on.
- Respond to "no."
Check! Though his response is usually to laugh and continue doing what he wants to do! Sigh...
- Engage in social games (i.e. Pat-a-Cake)
Check! He loves "ring around the rosie" and other games we play at home. He doesn't quite get the turn-taking idea of Pat-a-Cake.
- Follow simple routine directions (i.e. put ball in box).
Check! He likes to put things IN other items, so he understands that concept. He may or may not understand "on top" or "beside," but he's a little young for that.
- Use three words in addition to mommy and daddy
Check! Well, sort of. There is no "mommy," but we have daddy, light, doggie, meow, roar, ball, and uh-oh.
- Attempt verbal imitation
Check! He will imitate when he feels like it.
- Imitate bilabial p, b, and m in 2/3 of prompts.
Hmmm... He doesn't do /p/ yet, and /b/ is just emerging. He does say "mamama" in babble but doesn't consistently imitate 2/3 of the time.
- Imitate vowel/consonant combinations with t, p, and n (at, up, and on) in 3/4 of opportunities.
Not so much. He has no /t/ or /p/, so those are missing entirely. He does have /n/, but when he imitates "on" it just sounds like "aw."
- Imitate consonant/vowel combinations (t, d, m, n, p, and b) at 75% of opportunities.
Another one he won't do. He sometimes will imitate "mamama," but none of the others. We have no /t/ or /p/. We are just starting to get a /b/.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
You can also see his "selective hearing" here- this is when we're not sure if he is not quite hearing us or just ignoring us!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Gage and Brook use beads to make bracelets, but that won't work with a 14 month old. I used raisins instead. I also used Matt as a model- he has a speech delay so he says many of the babble words incorrectly. This game is rather good for him, too! We don't have true AVT in this area, so I am sort of "winging it" with the help of other parents on the internet.
We also have Nolan's IFSP review coming up soon. We will have to make goals for an age level of 21 months. I am waiting to see the results of his annual testing through EI, as I am sure that will yield some goals. We are continuing with sign language as well as with the auditory/oral part of his therapy. Nolan will imitate many signs and often will attempt to verbalize the words he signs. The combination seems to work for him, so we will continue with this method.