Our precious little boy, Aiden, was diagnosed at birth with profound hearing loss in both ears; he was born deaf. This site is to help journal my feelings, keep family and friends updated on our son's journey, but more than anything, I hope our story can help ease another family's worries as so many other families have eased mine.
Another chapter in our life opens ... this is Our Journey to and beyond cochlear implants ... Our Journey to let Aiden hear.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Hello Language Explosion
Back in August, Aiden's expressive and receptive language were evaluated using the SKI-HI Language Development Scale by our Regional Infant Hearing Program (RIHP) and the REEL-3 by his Auditory Verbal Therapist (AVT).
The SKI-HI is a language assessment that was specifically designed for children ages birth to five who are deaf or hard of hearing.
The REEL-3 (Receptive-Expressive Emergent Language Test) is a language assessment that is given to help identify infants and toddlers who may have language impairments or other disabilities that can affect language development.
Both test results are obtained through parent interview.
When we first moved to Ohio, we did the SKI-HI, but not the REEL-3.
February 2010 - Chronological Age=23 months; Hearing Age=11 months
Receptive Language: 20-22 months
Expressive Language - 16-18 months
August 2010 - Chronological Age = 29 months; Hearing Age = 17 months
Receptive via SKI-HI: 32-36 months; via REEL-3: 35 months
Expressive via SKI-HI: 22-24 months; via REEL-3: 24 months
So, within six months time, my little monkey not only increased his receptive language skills by12 months, he has receptively surpassed his chronological age.
Expressively, he gained six months of language, in six months, and is still about five months below his chronological age, but still above his hearing age. In my eyes though, this is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING ... you know, being the fact this is a boy who was born PROFOUNDLY DEAF. and I only have the highest expectations that not only will he catch up to his CA, he will go way beyond. It's only a matter of time because ...
... the boy is talking. Check out what he's saying at the right (yes, I finally updated it) - and this is just what he says spontaneously and in the correct context. I did not include the many words he imitates.
He has an expressive vocabulary of over 200 words. Over 100 of these words have been added in the last THREE and A HALF months (July to present)! Leaving the first 100 to the first 16 months. Hmmm, doesn't make much sense does it?
Ummm... can you say major mapping issues? and finally identified motor planning problems from his sensory integration. I believe too, that all his gains in his gross motor skills the past six months have allowed for this recent language explosion.
I am SO PROUD of my little man and all he has accomplished. He has come such a long ways in the past six months alone and I can't wait to see what the next six months brings!