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Monday, April 26, 2010
Updated Language Scores and TB Test Scheduled
I received Nolan's language scores today. He is holding steady with his expressive and receptive language scores, with results nearly identical to his former scores (by percentile rank-there was a very slight/insignificant decrease in scores). He is currently 2 years, 8 months old and his expressive language score is at 2 years, 11 months. His receptive language is at 3 years, 6 months, so his receptive language is definitely his strong suit!
His articulation scores, however, have taken a bit of a dive. He has lost sounds that he used to have, so I was afraid this might be a "problem area." With his pesky conductive hearing issues and amplification that hasn't been adjusted since last June, his hearing level and amplification level aren't exactly well matched.
Nolan used to test with a very mild articulation delay (bordering on normal), and now has a moderate articulation delay.
The upshot of the regression in skills is that we shouldn't have any problem qualifying for an IEP and maintaining our speech therapy services. Though his language scores are well ahead of his chronological age, he is barely maintaining his expressive/receptive language score percentiles. His articulation scores have decreased, likely a product of chronic hearing fluctuation in conjunction with his permanent hearing loss. Hopefully the articulation scores will improve once the conductive component either disappears or we can adjust his hearing aids to suit his loss (he is currently aided for a 30dB loss in the high frequencies, even though his hearing level is 60dB with the conductive component). We have a hearing test on May 20 to get a better idea on the status of his current hearing levels.
I also scheduled Nolan's TB test for the John Tracy Clinic Summer Session today. We'll have the test performed tomorrow afternoon and read on Thursday afternoon. I have a call into our "grown-up" doctor to have the same test performed on Dennis and me. I hope to have the health forms completed and mailed into John Tracy by the first week of May.