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"