StephandOwen· Premium Member
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I just got the final report from his eval at the speech clinic at U of M. I'm a little shocked, it appears worse than I believed. It's 5 pages long so I won't write out the whole thing, but here's a little. These are the results of the testing part.
Interaction-Attachment: 15-18 month level
Pragmatics- 12 month level
Gestures- 24 month level
Play- 18 month level
Language Comprehention- 18-21 month level
Language Expression- 12 month level
"Overall, at 34 months of age, Owen's functional communication is at the level of a 15-18 month old child, with his receptive language skills being slightly more advanced than his expressive language and play skills"
"It is recommended that Ms. ******* follow through with the appointment with the Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Department at this facility to assess for a pervasive developmental disorder.
In addition, it is recommended that Owen be evaluated by occupational therapy secondary to his sensory-seeking behaviors, such as running into walls."
If you want a peek at what happened at the appointment here's what the papers say...
"When Owen was first approached in the waiting room, he was happily watching television. He periodically pointed to the screen and squealed with enjoyment. When he was told that it was time to go to another room to play with some toys, he began to cry and have a tantrum. His mother had to carry him into the evaluation room where he continued to cry and could not be consoled or distracted by any toys or activities. Eventually, the only way Ms. ******* could calm him was to nurse him, which she said she does at bedtime and to calm him in situations such as this one. Once Owen was finished nursing, he could not be engaged in any toys or testing measures and kept trying to open the door to leave. When his mother and the examiner would not allow him to leave the room, he lied down on the floor and cried/wimpered"
I hate reading these things. It never fails that it's always worse than I imagined.
The good part (cause it can't be all bad, can it?) is
"The prognosis for Owen improving his communication skills is considered good with appropriate professional intervention."