The Silence of the ...

Today, two social workers for Early On  came to the house to evaluate Jack.  He was shy at first, but warmed up to them well.  One of them did things with Jack and the other observed, taking notes I think.  She had him stack blocks, find blocks hidden under a cup, put blocks and cheerios into containers, identify eyes on a stuffed animal, and other things like that.  Of course, he was silent throughout.  He wouldn't say Mama which is his one word.

They were very impressed with his signs.  He did a few spontaneously for them in the course of play.  Then I listed all that I could remember that he knows and uses.  They liked the one for hippo.

Based on how he scored, he is a smart baby.  Above age level in all areas....except speech.  Normally, they would include the signs known as words.  In that case, he is well above age level in language.  Most babies verbalize (even if not correctly) while performing a sign after they have known a sign for awhile.  So, in that case he is way behind for speech.

They used words like perplexed.  They didn't know what to think of him.  So, end result is he must see the Speech Therapist.  She will be better able to evaluate him.  They think he might need a swallow study or a detailed exam of his mouth and tongue.

He was awesome thoughout and waved goodbye to them as he blew kisses.  After we closed the door, he walked away and said, "MAMA"

Little Stinker!!!
3 Responses
  1. Sleep Goblin Says:

    I know you worry about his speech, but it must be so gratifying to know how smart he is! Not that we didn't already know that, considering his signing use. :)

  2. Anna Says:

    I noticed that by 18 months Christopher was only using about 5 words so we spoke to his Ped and got him early intervention, and then realized he had a hearing problem.

  3. Anna Says:

    we have a close friend of the family who have a "non verbal" child, he has been getting early intervention because of his lack of speech, they believe he is possibly autistic. Make sure your son gets all the testing possible because whatever the problem may be, he deserves all the help he can get.
    Maybe he's just one of those kids who take it all in and just starts talking when he's 3 and turns out to be a genius.

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