Ben just had a formal speech and language assessment, as preparation for determining special education eligibility. Wow. The SLP who administered it is not Ben's speech therapist, and in fact she had never met him before. In both receptive and expressive language, he was testing at the 4.5 year age range, and at that point she would stop testing him and move on to the next category so that he wouldn't fatigue too early. She also assessed his articulation, and noted the same fronting and consonant substitution errors that his regular speech therapist has been working on with him, but also that he was highly intelligible. Despite all of the very long, exhausting tests, Ben stayed focussed and even had a lot of fun with it. Whatta guy.
At one point, the SLP pointed to a hand-drawn picture of a baby and asked, "What is this, Ben?" Ben studied it for a long time, and I was beginning to think that he didn't understand what he was supposed to do. And then he responded, his voice heavy with doubt, "Well, it's supposed to be a baby." Everyone's a critic!
I'm looking forward to reading the report, which she'll send us in a week or so.
3 weeks ago