Monday, September 28, 2009

Speech Evaluation for Ian

This morning ECI came out to evaluate Ian for speech therapy. Most of it was questions to both myself & his ECI coordinator, Melissa, but some of it was also seeing what he would "say". His comprehension skills are on target. This means that he follows simple commands, can pick out an object when told to, eats well, & a few other things. He isn't pointing to pictures like they want him to but the fault lays on me there. I am going to pick up the slack & try working w/ all of them in that area b/c he isn't the only one that doesn't do that so much.

On the flip side, he was assessed at about 9-12 months in verbal skills. I knew that was coming. He vocalizes & says a couple of words but he doesn't make animal sounds & he isn't saying enough words to meet his milestones.

What was said is that we all believe he has the ABILITY to do it, he just doesn't have the NEED or the OPPORTUNITY to really vocalize as much. This is something we have all been talking about for some time. Gabi is our verbal baby. She is the spokesperson for the group. Another interesting piece of information is we think he is concentrating so much on developing his motor skills that this is where he is falling behind, verbal skills. Melissa said she will be curious to see what happens when he is finally comfortable w/ walking. I think she has a good point.

Anyway, Ian will get speech twice a month for 45 minutes at a time. I'm happy to get the service but wishing we didn't really need it. No shame in getting help though. No shame at all!

Their cousin Marie gave them these shirts & the kids are finally big enough to wear them! Super cute!


Anonymous said...

Glad to hear Ian is doing so well! Don't worry too much about the speech thing. My DD talked in 2-3 word sentences by 12 months! My son, quite the opposite! He didn't talk until about 2 years old! NO animal noises, nothing. Great comprehension, but everything was Da... He could have a whole conversation with Da! Now, he tries to say everything, but returns to Da when excited. Ian has Gabi doing it all for him! :)

Samantha said...

Astrid, where did she find those shirts?

Kel said...

Sounds stellar!! Ian and Danny seem to be in the same place right now - still mastering walking, and not really finding a need to talk even though he's got great comprehension. I do know that our PT, once he started walking, said that she expects within a few months his language to take off... that's how it works for almost all the kids she's seen. I can't WAIT to read how Ian does with the speech therapy!

Anonymous said...

I have twins and I have looked for thing 1 and thing 2 shirts EVERYWHERE!!! Please let me know where your cousin found them.

Surviving Triplets said...

She got them at Universal Studio, Island of Adventure in Orlando, FL.

Kat said...

Astrid :) I have been following you for quite some time.. we were TTC eons ago at JM..
Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that Speech Therapy is an amazing thing!! My 28m old DD has a 9m speech delay, she has been in therapy for 10m. When we started ST, she wasn't even saying Mama or Dada at 19months old. They have done so many things with her and even though she is still delayed, we can't keep her quiet now.
You are an amazing mama, You and Ian will do amazingly well and he will be chattering in no time :)

Team Darnell said...


Ian is making such great strides! I have been following you guys since he initially fell ill and it's great to see how far he has come. I also love the shirts! My boys have the same ones and it's my new fav pic of the boys and our header pic. It was funny to see you post a similar photo.

Take care!

Allison said...

Hey Astrid,
Just wanted to say that mine at their 18 month appt did not have the 4-10 words like the doc wanted them to have. But he said don't worry, one day they'll just start talking and you'll be blown away. And he was right! Every day they got better. We bought Preschool Prep videos for them, now they know shapes and colors and can say them all. I know daycare has helped too with their verbal skills being around other kids. They are different with them than they are at home I know. Hope Ian does good but just remember every kid is different, you won't be able to shut him up after long I bet! :)

Sadia said...

No shame! One of my twins saw a speech therapist to work on her chewing skills and a texture aversion, and dinnertime has turned from battle royale into the highlight of our day!

Surviving Triplets said...

Thank you all for the words of encouragement! I know Ian will not fall too far behind. He does talk, just not much for words.

Anonymous said...

Hi Astrid,

I'm a full-time StepMom to triplets. They are now 12 years old. All of them were speech delayed, especially one of the boys. They didn't start talking in short sentences until they were 3-3.6 years old.

All of them talk non-stop now though. ;-)

Hang in there !