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Thad’s 18 Month Sibling Study

August 13, 2013

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Today was Thad’s 18 month appointment at Marcus Autism Center.  We started with a language assessment with a speech language path.  Then we did eye tracking.  Not a very long session today.

 

They were very happy with how far he’s come in 6 months.  He is vocalizing a lot more even though its not real words he is making a lot more sounds.  He is also pointing, looking, sharing, showing, asking and responding.  His play skills are great.  He stirred, poured, scooped, fed himself and fed the big bird doll with the play food set.

 

He also stacked FOUR of the little blocks today. We were working on that but he could only stack one on top of the other and then when he tried the next one it fell so that was really good.

 

I talked to her about how his language seems to be developing in chunks like Rett’s.  For instance he’s picked up ‘who’s that’ ‘what’s that’ ‘look at that’ ‘ brush your teeth’.  Rather than just one word at a time which is more how Evie’s language developed.   She said that they are noticing that for spectrum siblings even if they are not truly autistic they still seem to develop atypically.   His speech is still behind where they would like to see him.  I do think he uses a lot more words at home than he is willing to use when we are there but they don’t care.  They only go by what he says in front of them which.. honestly isn’t much.  He did a lot of babble but not really any words at all.  Then as soon as they were gone he’s saying up and bye bye and who’s that.  My little shy guy.

 

It is still hard to gain his attention, especially if he’s doing a preferred activity.   So add ‘not responding appropriately to name’ to the list of things that worry us.

 

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The next time we go to Marcus with Thaddeus it will be for his official assessment.  The day after he turns 2.   I can handle autism.  I can’t handle another huge speech delay.  Please, God, don’t let him have a horrible speech delay.  Its not that much to ask right? RIGHT?!  So I have a paper that tells me what to work on.  As though I haven’t sat in on hundreds of speech sessions and seen how this all works.  Its going to be a long six months.  But I also know its going to go by in a blink of an eye. My baby is getting to be such a big boy.

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