Saturday, February 16, 2013

A-dree-aaan-nah

Yesterday Adrianna said her name when we were driving home.

It was the first time I have ever heard it say it in such a manner that your average not-accustomed-to-Adrianna-and/or-small-child-speech person would probably be able to pick up on what it is.

Which, you know, is KINDA a big deal for us.

I suspect the speech therapist at the elementary school has been working with her on it, with the clear breakdown of each syllable manner in which she started saying it over and over again in the backseat.

But that doesn't matter in the slightest, she can say her name!

I've been watching her, and noticed something.

She has gotten quite chatty at home or preschool or with me much of the time, but will absolutely refuse to speak to other people, such as doctors, at all. And I think it's because strangers often have trouble understanding her, so somewhere along the line she just stopped being willing to even try and now just gives them a cold stony stair of contempt when they ask such things as "and what's your name?"

(She will, occasionally, hold up the appropriate number of fingers if asked how old she is, but certainly not with anything resembling a smile on her face....)

There has also been some concern over her ability to hear clearly, as she's had a real problem with her ears being chronically filled with fluid even when it hasn't been infected, and they've given her multiple tests which keep showing the same lack of eardrum movement and her inability to hear low pitches.

So she's having tubes put in on Tuesday, to both help with recurring ear infections and to see if the drainage alone improves her hearing.

The ENT (ear nose and throat doctor, your buddy when your kid has issues like giant tonsils from hell and ear infections) told me he has seen kids in the past with similar hearing/speech concerns, and that once they put in the tubes they could suddenly hear a lot better and within weeks had a marked improvement in language.

So we'll start there.

She'll get the tubes put in, and then her hearing will be retested afterwards.

And if there are still concerns with it, then we'll look at what has to be done going forwards.

The next step would probably be a much more involved hearing screening done at the big Children's Hospital down in Denver, where they actually sedate her for the test (apparently it is sometimes challenging to get an accurate picture of hearing impairment in small children... I can't believe they think 3 year olds are sometimes uncooperative).

I also need to contact Boulder Valley Child Find, which did her initial assessment and has provided the services thus far, and see if she can be a candidate for year round speech therapy through their program (and if not, look at having her work with a therapist out of pocket during the summer, since the preschool program only follows the regular school schedule).


3 comments:

  1. Oh, the hearing! We are playing this game now with two kids and about to test the baby. You can ask the audiologist at the Children's hospital to try a regular hearing test first. My 2.5 year old was able to do it. The first time was enough to confirm the hearing loss though we did a second to get more details on the range of the loss. They told me that 2.5 to 3 was the age they begin to transition away from the sedated ABR. Anyway,if you are at all concerned about the sedation, it may be worth a try. Good luck! And I am glad she is responding well to speech therapy. :)

    ReplyDelete
  2. YAY. This is good news. Right? I think it is. Because this is progress! Speech therapy -- FTW!

    ReplyDelete