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Old 12-14-2006, 10:52 AM   #1
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Sage's Speech Delay

A few weeks ago I posted a rant about mil and gmil saying that Sage would talk if I talked to her.

Monday she had her evaluation through Early Intervention and Help Me Grow. She is 18 1/2 months and 17 months adjusted; her expressive Speech is at 9-12 months and receptive is 12-15 months. They are also watching her gross motor skill as they were 12-15 months (this surprised me, she did everything about 3 months late rolling, sitting, crawling, walking but in the last 2 months she has gone crazy climbing on everything) they said she stumbles too much and will re-evaluate in 3 months. They asked how I felt about the diagnosis and honestly I am just relieved. I was so sick of people telling me there was nothing wrong. On the bright side the SP said she has great sounds, intonnation, facial expression, and that she follows patterns of speech (which I knew) there just seems to be some connection not quite happening from what she thinks to what comes out of her mouth.

So she does qualify for speech, but their only young toddler speech groups are at 10 am and 1 pm. I work until 2:30. She will have an intervention specialist come out 2 times a month and then in May they will start bussing her from my babysitter's to 2 year old preschool twice a week. they also have a 8 week parent/child program I can do in the summer. Our insurance will only cover speech therapy if you have had a stroke or had your larynx removed. I am so sad about that.


We are meeting to do the IFSP on Wensday. Any advice?
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Old 12-14-2006, 11:19 AM   #2
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My DS just graduated today from the Early Intervention program with Help Me Grow. He turned 3 yesterday. He got started at around 18 months for speech delay and sensory issues. He has done so well in the program and he is currently functioning above average in all areas even speech. I have been really impressed with the teachers and service coordinators. Our insurance did cover some of the therapy but Ohio MRDD picked up the rest. His therapy hasn't cost us a penny because he qualified as having a disability not just a delay due to several reasons. He had a vocabulary of 50 words in sign language and understood everything but was not able to make words using speech sounds. If it is coded properly then the program shouldn't cost you anything and it is NOT based on income. We have well above average income and he still qualified for services.

The IFSP is to give the service coordinator and yourself goals and ideals of what you would like to happen over the next year and a half. My goals were for him to be at age level by the end of the program. Some kids need smaller goals and it all depends on the situation. They stress a lot of parental involvement. Two therapy sessions a month is not enough to make a huge difference. I found that what helped my DS the most is what I learned from these sessions. I learned how to talk to him and what I could do to encourage him to make sounds.

Good luck to you, I found our exerience in the program to be very positive.

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Old 12-14-2006, 11:23 AM   #3
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Re: Sage's Speech Delay

not really advice, but they didnt offer 1 on 1 therapy for her? My son started speech therapy when he was 2. He went twice a week for 1/2 hour each session. Then we moved here when he was 2 1/2 and he started to go once a week for (1) 1 hour session one on 1. They didnt put him into group therapy till he turned 3 this Sept. Now he goes to an elementary school where he does (1) 1 hour group session with 3 other kids and (1) 45 minute session that is 1 on 1 with a lady who specializes in apraxic children. It has work tremendous though. Like 2 months before he turned two, he can show you all his ABC's from them being mixed up, he can count from 1-10 on his own, he can also do math up to ten. He can tell you all about "baby dedus" as he says it. He is up to 6 words in a sentance and can actuall do things now better than what the average is for children his age. This coming from a boy who said 3 words at 20 months. Long story but he was advanced at 15 months with close to 20 words he used daily then just stopped talking and couldnt even put words together no matter how hard he tried.
Good luck and I hope the speech intervention helps you guys as much as it has us. It might take a few months to see changes, but the results will be awesome.
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Old 12-14-2006, 07:13 PM   #4
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Thanks guys. I just really want her to not be frustrated. She gets so mad when we don't understand her. I hope I will know alot more after the IFSP.

My babysitters friend works for EI in the county next to us and she said she will come over to the sitters one day next week and show Patti some specific things to work on with her.
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Lauren- Where in Ohio are you?

Oh, do either of you not vaccinate? I am worried about that
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it should be free though?? david was in IE till he was 2 (VA is 2 not 3 , then he went to the PSS for free speech)
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Old 12-14-2006, 07:40 PM   #7
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If I could go to their groups it would be free but they only have them at 10 and 1, I work until 2:30. The Speech Pathologists do not make home visits.
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Sorry it took me awhile to get back to you. I live in Pickaway County just south of Columbus. His services were in Circleville but they did homevisits also.

I do vaccinate but they never asked for those records. I think if you join the preschool they may ask for records or a waiver but I don't know.

Have you had your meeting yet? About your DS's frustration level I highly recommend starting with baby signs. It helps considerably and will not delay speech more. In fact, it helps to bridge the gap and make talking come easier.
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Old 12-15-2006, 11:22 AM   #9
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I think cost of EI varies. It used to be free here, but they starting charging just before older dd was evaluated. Now its based on income and family size.

At the IFSP meeting they asked us questions about what would make your life easier etc. Not that they do anything with that information. And set goals for where we wanted dd to be in 3 or 6 months (don't remember the timing). They also did make us get a prescription for EI from our pediatrician. I don't recall needing a medical history though.

It's great that you found out what you qualify for before the IFSP meeting. We found out at the evaluations that we qualified, but not what services we would receive. Both of my dd's had a speech delay and neither got speech from EI because they were under 2. Looking back, I should have pused it but I doubt it would have made a difference. Instead we had a special educator who was awful and we only lasted a few weeks with her each time. We did have a great PT for younger dd who came for a few months. I was ready to take younger dd to a private speech therapist because EI really wasn't doing anything for her speech wise, and she hated the special educator.
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Old 12-15-2006, 11:35 AM   #10
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Thanks for all the info mommas.

Her IFSP is this coming Wednesday.

We have been signing to her since she was about 9 months. She first signed back around 15 months and now uses - please, more, milkle, and all done- I think I am goign to try to order signing times vol. 1-3, hopefully I can get them before Christmas.
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