Zach seems to have taken this line, from William Shakespeare’s King Henry V*, to heart.
He had his speech evaluation today. It was SUPER entertaining. I really wish I’d had a video camera, because he was freaking adorable during it. (I know, it’s not really that surprising).
Beyond his speech evaluation, they did a full on motor skills assessment. He did stuff that I had NO IDEA he was capable of doing. I mean, I’ve never put different colored cups in front of him with coordinating bears and asked him to match the bears to the cups. He did it without blinking. He matched shapes without thinking twice. He stacked itty bitty blocks precariously high. Okay, that I’ve seen him do before.
He fed a baby doll. HE USED SCISSORS. He threaded teeny tiny beads onto a shoelace. He demonstrated his ability to understand “on top of” and “under”. He pointed out all his body parts. Well, not ALL of them, but you get the point. When asked to hold her hand and stand on one foot, instead of picking one fit just a little bit off the ground, he stuck his leg out as high as he could. It was as if he was channeling Scott Hamilton or something.
He charmed the pants off of the women who came to evaluate him. THAT, I’ve also seen him do.
He said, maybe four words the entire time. Mom, cup, more and bye.
He did a lot of the usual grunting and gesturing that he does so frequently.
He laughed. A lot.
In the end, she told me he is far ahead in his motor development, which didn’t surprise me. And that he’s “way behind” in his speech development. Which, also, didn’t surprise me.
She is going to write up her full report, and present it at their next meeting. At which point the panel will decide if he qualifies for services. Apparently, as of October 1st the laws changed, so instead of a 30% deficit, he will need to show a 50% deficit in language development to qualify. Because he is 27 months old, he will have to have the speech abilities of a 13.5 month old. I have NO idea where he is on the spectrum. I suspect he’s not quite that far behind. But who knows.
I’ll find out in two weeks when they come back to give me the report.
She made me feel better about having him evaluated. He IS significantly behind. Whether or not the state thinks he’s far enough behind is another story.
*Also, I had no idea he could read Shakespeare. He is ridiculously talented!