Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Nora had her early intervention evaluation for her speech last Friday.
It went really well. We weren't sure exactly what to expect in terms of cooperation on Nora's part, but she was great. A little shy when they first arrived, but she warmed up quickly. We scheduled the appointment for early in the day--9 a.m.--so that she would be well-rested and at her "best."
All they really did was play. And ask us a lot of questions. They brought a lot of props and toys of their own, to test specific things--covering an object with a blanket to see if she would look under the blanket, hiding things under cups and moving them around for the same purpose. Practiced "feeding" a bear with a plastic spoon, practiced laying the bear down and covering him with a blanket, etc. All things that they directed her to do that she cooperated with. They gave her a hand mirror to see how she would respond to her reflection, and she performed--smirking at herself and moving her head to take peeks at different angles. HILARIOUS.
So, an hour or so passed, and they were done with the evaluation. They had put Nora through all of the "tests," and had asked us all of their questions. The full report with all of the results won't be ready for us for a few weeks, but they told us her scores right away--and told us outright that Nora does NOT qualify for services.
Exactly as I suspected.
At the end of the day, Nora's delay is considered "mild," and children need to have a severe delay to qualify for services. And Nora doesn't, which is honestly a relief. They expect that she will catch up on her own, reassuring us that the range of what is "normal" at this stage of development is extremely broad. Some kids are talking in complete sentences. Some have only a few words. It's just the way that it is.
So, it is what it is. We continue to do what we've been doing. Narrate our day, work with her. Encourage her speech. We do a lot of object identification exercises. Singing. Reading.
In six months, if Nora still seems to be below the curve, we'll have her re-evaluated. But I'm not worried.