Wednesday, November 3, 2010

No more speech!

Adam has been attending speech theapy since he was about 2 and a half.  He's attended at the Alderwood Early Learning Center in a program offered by the Edmonds School District.  He has had the same teacher - Noralee Green, for the past 2 years.  She is a member of the church in our stake and has been great!  I've appeciated her insights on raising boys in the church and reading scriptures and things like that. 
We met with Noralee during the middle of October and decided that Adam was ready to graduate!  He was excited!  I've been reading through the notes from Noralee and remembering the progress he has made over the years.  This is what she said:
"Adam has made wonderful gains in his speech.  He is using corect speech sounds in conversation.  He is a very smart child who seems to catch on quickly to new knowledge, epsecially when he is interested.  Adam is much aware of using correct sounds in his conversations.
From a language sample, Adam's speech intelligibility is at 94%.  In conversations, Adam continues to demonstrate a few articulation errors, including: w/l, w/l blends; w/r blends.  Furthermore, Adam often uses phrases rather than complete sentences to tell another person about events.  Often, he will omit words or parts of words, ie., "He twist it around", "Oh, I do spin".  Adam continues to have confusion with pronouns "he, she, they"; however, when prompted, he can correctly identify and express correct pronouns.  Another concern is that Adam confuses present tense verbs with past tense verbs.
Adam continues to demostrate some difficulty/frustration with expressive speech; however, given prompts, he is able to correct most of his errors.  Adam, his mother, and this therapist fell that they can work on these areas at home without further service.
Adam's expressive language skills are within the normal limts of typical developing children.  Therefore, Adam will be released from speech therapy services at this time.
A good way for Adam to work on pronouns and verbs is with storytelling from books.  When the words are constant and unchanging, Adam can repeat them and then retell stories using correct language forms."


Diane said...

That is good news!I am thankful for good and loving help for our children.

The Conrad Family said...

YEAH!!! Adam has made so much improvement! What a great accomplishment!! Congrats!