This morning we had our SLP consult, to see if Jacob needs additional speech services.
Some of our concerns and what she will be addressing over the next several months is that he doesn’t use words or sounds to communicate. He says “eh” and points to get his needs met.
On the positive side of things, he has progressed in his speech since his last meeting with the DS. He is constantly using the sign for “more” and has been saying “all” for ball. He has also been pointing to objects and saying “what’sat”. Unfortunately, the SLP can’t use any of that when she evaluates him later. She can only use his verbal skills.
She administered the REEL 3 test to get an idea of where he stands. According to the test his expressive age (how well he orally communicates with others) equivalent is 6 months, which is a 65% delay. His receptive age (how well he understands others) equivalent is 9 months, which is a 47% delay.
She recommended that Jacob receive Speech Therapy once a month for 45 minutes. So, that’s going to be the plan from today on out.
Some of our homework for the next month is to make sure that we are face to face with Jacob when we’re interacting and communicating. We need to start giving him choices. Instead of just giving him a drink, give him a choice of milk or juice and then have him point or use a sign.
Another thing we need to work on is building up his vocabulary. One way to do that is to talk to him about what I’m doing while I’m doing it. He needs to start identifying things in his environment and the only way that he’ll do that is by hearing things identified and labeled.
The most important thing, is to make sure that everyone in the family is on the same page!