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Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Just When You Start to Worry
Me: Nolan, it is time to go home now.
Me: Yes, we're going out to our car and we're going home.
Nolan: "No! That way! Go that way!" He turned and pointed to the quarter style rides.
OK, it sounded more like: "No! At ee! Dau at ee!" But still, I'm impressed.
I guess his receptive language is really OK after all!
Keeping the hearing aids in is still a major problem. I did call our audiologist to schedule a hearing test, though I don't believe his hearing level has changed. His speech and response level seems to be about the same, so I have a feeling we are simply dealing with a toddler who wants control!
We handle the episodes of aid-yanking very calmly. The first time he pulls them out, we say nothing and replace them immediately. Sometimes he leaves them in for a few more minutes. More often, he yanks them out again. On the second "yank," we check the aids to make sure the battery is working (check for a squeal). then we replace them again. If he yanks them a third time (common), we give him a 10 minute break before replacing them. Some days he will continuously yank them out and nothing will work. Other days he'll finally accept them and we go on with our merry routine. We never get more than 40 minutes of aid-wearing in a row, but hopefully with persistence and patience we'll see more compliance with the aids in a few short months!