Tuesday, April 12, 2011

No Help Needed

I had been concerened about Ava Grace in regards to her talking and fine and large motor skills.  I called our local school and they got me in touch with the county department that handels this.  Since Ava is under 3 they don't do the cosulting thru the school district.  We set up the appointment and went over what was going to happen and if Ava qualified for help how everything would work out.  Well it took about 2 weeks before the Speech Therapist and Developmental Therapist could come to our house today to evaluate Ava.  After watching the therapists assess Ava Grace and ask me a ton of questions they have both concluded that in NO WAY does Ava qualify for any help.  In fact the Developmental Therapist told me that Ava is performing at the age of a 3 year old!  Wow, I told her how much we have been working on and she was really impressed with the growth and skill that Ava has.  The speech therapist was amazed that Ava is stringing 2 words together already.  To tell you the truth, Ava has just recently exploded with her words.  It was like a light bulb went on in her head and now she can tell me all kinds of things.  She understands everything and repeats everything we ask her to.  I was concerened about Ava with her "S"s and her "T"s.  Considering she says no for snow, and anta for Santa, but she can say yes, perfectly.  For her "T" she can't say Tyler or Trevor, but she can say top or table, and a few others I can't remember.  It was interesting to see Ava interact with the therapist.  She was not afraid at all, and they were very impressed with her altogether.  One thing that kept coming up was...does she ask for anything?  You know I never heard her ask for anything, but she will say outside, with a questionable look on her face and she will look at me and say cookie.  so I guess in some ways, that is her asking to have or do those things.

Overall I'm still happy that we had her evaluated, it reaffirms the fact that so much happens at the home.  Tom, the boys and I all work with her and I guess our hard work is paying off.

This is a picture from the night of the AWANA party, even Cooper is helping with Avas development.  Learning how to balance!

Ava sitting on Cooper, what a good dog he is!

8 comments:

Jen said...

So glad to hear Ava is doing so well! Natalia does the same thing with our big dog. So cute.

Heather and Chad said...

Sounds like she is doing great!!! Hayden does the same thing with our dogs (shih tzu's)! At least Cooper weighs a great deal more than Ava and can support her....it's a great picture!

tammy said...

nick worked with a speech therapist for a few months after he got home. i finally asked the therapist to not come any longer. i didn't think she did much of anything. the "therapy" seemed silly and was basically common sense. so...good call on your part. just listening to those handsome brother's will be the best speech therapy of all!

Jen said...

You're right! I had no pics! I just posted one and a post about our pups (we have three!)

Eric and Kathryn said...

How great that Ava is doing so well developmentally! Angelina just babbles right now (although she never did said a peep during our visits at the baby home). I wonder how long the babbling lasts until it finally gives way to actual words?

I think it's great how tolerant your dog is of Ava's affections. Angelina is our first child. And although our dog, Tonka, has always loved kids/babies, it appears he isn't quite sure how he feels about having one of his own. Angelina, however, is just THRILLED about Tonka. So, it is a delicate situation right now, that we are trying to work through.

Barb said...

Glad to hear Ava is doing just fine:) What an adorable picture of her and the dog!

Kacey said...

YOU ARE CRACKIN' ME UP OVER HERE!!! lol I'm workin' on a post right now! ;)

Erin said...

This makes me happy for you-she is doing great!- but sad for me. Our son Lennox, who has been home since October has NO words, and hardly any sounds. I am so sad :(