Monday, August 13, 2007

Evaluation with the Speech Therapist

This morning Rachel had an evaluation with her speech therapist. In the past, for a previous evaluation, as well as most of the time when she was in speech therapy, Rachel doesn't cooperate very well as far as talking. We were hoping today would be different. It wasn't. LOL. Once Adrianna stepped foot into the exam room, Rachel stopped talking. After a while we were able to get her to say some words with the help of some M&M's.

With the speech she was able to observe, Adrianna was very pleased with Rachel's progress and said her speech development was typical of a normal 3 year old and that Rachel's speech will only get better once she starts preschool next month. Rachel's speech is not nasally (something common in cleft palate babies) and the glottal sounds we were once concerned about, she no longer makes.

So for the time being, no need to reinstate speech therapy, or even look into the speech services through the public school system. We'll watch and see how her speech progresses in preschool and re-evaluate in February, when we see the Craniofacial Team, and contact her sooner if her preschool teacher has trouble understanding her or her speech isn't up to the level of the rest of the kids in her class.

From the moment we walked out the door, all the way home, Rachel didn't stop talking. Little Stinker.

1 comment:

Kim said...

Don't you just love it when they do that? :D

Wonderful to hear she's doing so well! Can't wait to hear her soon.