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So DS is a slow talker. He is learning new words but at 2.5 doesn't speak in sentences and most of his words are not understandable to others. DD and I know exactly what he is saying..DH does sometimes.<br>
DH has wanted DS to be evaluated but I don't believe there is anything "wrong". I, with all my heart, just think he is one of those kids that people tell stories about; you know the kid who didn't talk until he was 3 or 4 but is totally fine otherwise.<br>
That is my son. He uses ASL and his own signs and sound effects (vroom is car) but I gave in for DH peace of mind.<br>
So now they are coming on the 31st of January. What should I expct? What are your experiences?
 

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My friend just had her DD evaluated by EI last week!<br><br>
She said they were very very nice, relaxed and played with her DD for a long while. there were two of them and one asked her questions while the other one played. Just so you know, my friend is an anxious person , so for her to say she was comfortable with them, welll....they must have been stellar!<br><br>
They evaluated her for everything, ie; whole child, not just speech. Her DD is by the way much like your DS from your description. They determined that she may have a motor or muscular delay which is why her eating has been affected as well.<br><br>
I hope you can relax a bit. I hope in your area they are as impressive as they are here!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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I've been thinking of having DS evaluated too. Did you have to go to the pedi first for an order? Or did you just call EI? I called the therapy department at the hospital that I work for/affiliated with and they said the doctor has to write a referral. I'm positive that nothing else is wrong, hearing is fine, etc...just a little slow on the speech side...why go to the pedi?
 

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I applied for my referral directly through my state EI office online. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I've been thinking of having DS evaluated too. Did you have to go to the pedi first for an order? Or did you just call EI? I called the therapy department at the hospital that I work for/affiliated with and they said the doctor has to write a referral. I'm positive that nothing else is wrong, hearing is fine, etc...just a little slow on the speech side...why go to the pedi?</div>
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A clinic will need an order from the pedi, but EI can come out if you call them.<br><br>
As far as what to expect, they will assess all areas of development, as a PP said. They might have your child stack blocks, point to pictures, imitate sounds, and kick a ball, things like that. They will have some questions about birth history, ear infections, all the standard medical issues that may affect speech. There is a certain cutoff to qualify for services - I have no idea what it is in NJ. Here they will tell you the same day, at the end of the assessment how your child did in each area, the score, and what it means. They'll also let you know if he qualifies for services.<br><br>
If he does qualify, you get to choose to sign him up or not, it's still totally voluntary. If you do agree to have someone come out, it tends to be pretty relaxed, all play based, with a lot of conversation about how to use different strategies at home during the week.<br><br>
One more thing to keep in mind is that some EI programs (again, I don't know about NJ) have a certain timeline, where after a set age they start sending paperwork to the school district. Once the child turns 3 the school takes over therapy. They only send the papers if you agree, and it's to make sure he keeps getting therapy after his birthday, if he needs it and you want it.
 

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I did go to the ped first only b/c I was thiking I could have his heqring tested there. I hd heard of some kind of hearing loss where you might not notice that the kid simply can't hear a very particualr sound but otherwise the hearing is fine.<br>
Stupid me..the ped listend to his heart and took his temp <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"><br>
when she asked me how many words he can say I asked, "does it count if he says, 'dow' for cow?" b/c I wasn't sure how to count his words...she had no idea so I had no idea how to tell her how many words he has since most are off a bit.<br><br>
Also as it turned out they don't do hearing tests..I needed a prescription referral for that <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"><br><br>
The ped kept reminding me to make his 2 year appt so his shots wouldn't fall behind..I said we're not continuing with the vax.<br>
she said it was fine not to get the flu but he will need chicken pox..I said we're not continuing.<br>
She said, "you can delay but he will need them for school"<br>
I said, "were homeschoolers"<br>
She said that was fine with her <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:<br>
but to make his 2 year check up on the way out...I didn't.<br><br>
I do not recommend going to the ped first <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><br><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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this the stuff I wanted to know...I didn't want any pressure on DS. It sounds great.<br>
thank you
 

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We had DD evaluated through EI at 18 months because she wasn't walking. Our experiences with them have been really good. The evaluators were excellent with her, they were responsive to our feedback during the session (ie, telling them things that wouldn't make sense to her because we've never done them, such that "high five" wouldn't get a response because we don't do that in our family). They evaluate the whole child -- our concern was walking, but they evaluated gross and fine motor skills, receptive and expressive language, and social interaction. We received a pile of written comments which in themselves were insightful.<br><br>
DD qualified for physical therapy and has been having one-hours sessions weekly since September. She's made huge progress.<br><br>
FWIW, our ped actually thought she just wasn't walking because she was a cautious toddler, which is pretty much what DH and I had thought as well. But I wanted to "make sure", you know? Turns out she has a physical issue that's been easily adjusted for with the PT. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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Just to reassure you, our experiences with EI here in IN have been really great. DS was evaluated at 10 mos. for slow gross motor dev. (at 9 mos, not bearing weight on legs, trying to crawl or pull up). They came to our house, at a time convenient to us, and played with him and asked questions to determine where he was behind. He was behind enough to qualify for services, and has been getting PT and OT for about a month now. He's made huge strides--he's cruising, crawling and just this morning crawling up steps on his own. They go see him at his daycare, and he loves it. It's like two hours of very stimulating developmental play every week.<br><br>
I was very resistant myself to the whole process at first. I thought he'd just do things in his own time, I didn't want to push him, and I didn't want anyone telling me there was something "wrong" with my son--who was clearly bright and developing normally in every other way. But because their approach was so supportive, it didn't feel like some big intervention or diagnosis taking over our lives. They have taught us how to help him progress a little faster, and made our play with him more focused. And the records won't follow him to school, unless he continues to need therapy past age 3 (which it doesn't look like at this point).<br><br>
In my opinion, EI won't hurt, and it can only help. They support the family's decisions the whole way, and extra fun and developmental play is good. And it's all income-based, so it's very affordable.<br><br>
Best of luck to you in your decision and evaluation.
 

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We've had great experiences with our EI group. DS started late last year before he was 2.5. He's making great strides-comprehension level has skyrocketed and with some words and some signs he's communicating well.<br><br>
The way it happened for us is the EI coordinator came in to the home to fill out paperwork, meet ds. We then went to their center and he had his eval. I have every bit of documentation and everything started fairly quickly. I just went to have his transitional information meeting as he transitions out of EI when he's 3 and possibly into the school system.<br><br>
You have nothing to be worried about. Professionals will come in and you have every opportunity to ask quesitons and give directive on what you would like to see happen for your child.<br><br>
Good luck!
 
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