So today Quinn was assessed by her new therapist. She is a speech pathologist and Dr in cognitive development. Quinn scored above her age in the area of social interaction. She was assessed with an age of 24 months! goooo Quinny! (note: Quinn is actually 17 months and 2 weeks)
On the other hand, Quinn was assessed with the cognitive development of a 13 month old. Ok, so this could make me really sad and worried but the Therapist said that Quinn has had one trial after another and that they can really impact a child's development. Also, she was concerned with Quinn's hydrocephalus and the effects of it on her. Plus, I already knew that she wasn't as developed as other kids her age. She doesn't understand associations or even like to "pretend play" yet. I think that this will all happen in due time.
Quinn was assessed at 15 months for her speech. (which is about right if you consider her "corrected" age for prematurity) She sure does talk a lot but not many real words. She says "Dada, NO!, uh oh, oh boy, dog, hi and yeah!" It is really cute. She thinks that any animal is a dog. she says "doh" and points to anything fuzzy in her books.
We are starting to teach Quinn sign language so that she can communicate. She has picked up a strange way of communicating with me. When she is thirsty she doesn't say "baba" or 'sip" like I try to get her to. Instead, she clucks to us. Unfortunately, I know what this means and respond which only reinforces the clucking. I do try and tell her what I am giving her but it hasn't worked as of yet. The Therapist thinks that she is at the 15 month level because of all of her ear infections. When her ears are filled with fluid, words don't sound the same and therefore, it makes it all the more difficult for her to associate them with actions or things. We are also going to take a picture of her sippy cup and print it out. We are supposed to show her this when she clucks and sign drink along with saying "sip" or "sippy". Wish us LUCK!! :)
I am really excited to work with this therapist and help my wonderful daughter grow and develop.