Another Evaluation.

Ronan had a follow-up evaluation yesterday.  It has been 6 months since his first evaluation, and the county department wanted to find out if we’d been seeing progress with his speech therapy.

Ronan gets therapy twice a week, which is relatively unheard of, and what they really wanted was to find a reason to bring him down to one session a week.

Ronan had his first evaluation in April of this year.  He was 26 months old.  He had delays across the board, although his speech was definitely the most affected.  At 26 months old, Ronan’s evaluation looked like this:

Gross Motor Skills:  20 months

Fine Motor Skills : 20 months

Self Help Ability: 20 months

Social/Emotional Skills: 24 months

Speech/Communication: 12 months

As you can see, Ronan was more than a year behind in verbal communication.  He has been receiving speech therapy for nearly six months now, with a one month break in services because we moved to a different county.

Yesterday, at 33 months old, his evaluation looked like this:

Gross Motor Skills: 30 months

Fine Motor Skills: Age appropriate (33 months)

Self Help Ability: 30 months

Social/Emotional Skills: 30 months

Speech/Communication: 24 months

The evaluator, when she was giving us this information, seemed very guarded.  She seemed to feel like she was telling us awful news.  And yes, it is sort of awful to hear that your child has such a broad array of delays.


However… we were thrilled.  Ronan went from an 18 month speech deficit to a 12 month deficit in 6 months?  He closed the gap in his delay by 6 whole months.  Sure, he hasn’t caught up yet.  But catching up isn’t what we expect; it’s not the way apraxia works.  What we’ve seen is HUGE progress in a short period of time.

We know that this is going to take a long time.  We know that we have a very long road ahead of us in all areas.  But it feels AMAZING to see how far he has come in such a short time, thanks to Miss Emily, our incredible speech therapist, and the ways she’s helped us teach Ronan to grow.

It’s going to be hard work.  But he is so worth it.  And we are so, so lucky.

Please excuse any and all errors in this post.  It’s late, I’m tired…and I’m not proofreading before bed.  Boom.


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  • hayley

    Yay ronan! He is doing great!

  • Mary

    Yay Ronan! That’s great news! He is such a sweet boy. Alaina asks to play with him all the time 🙂

  • When I was reading this, my first thought was, “Wow, that’s great! Good for Ronan!” I know that even the “little” successes are so huge when your kid has speech troubles. When Simone first started willingly sounding things out, I cried. She’s almost 2 1/2 and still her most complicated communication consists of saying “eat! Pwease!” And I am SO grateful for even that tiny sliver of communication with her.

    You are a great mom.

  • Jason Erin G

    I just barely commented on your tongue tie post, and clicked on your home page to see this. I want to let you know about a diet call GAPS diet by Dr Natasha Campbell McBride. It helps with so so much. It will cure apraxia – basically, learning disabilities, autism, etc. are caused by abnormal gut flora, and the body’s inability to properly digest food. So through this diet, you turn the condition of your child’s gut around (getting lots and lots of good bacteria), and their cognitive problems disappear. I am doing the diet with my family for a few different reasons, and it’s awesome. Anyway, it’s a lot of work, but hey! You’re a mom who’s willing to fly across the country for her baby’s tongue tie. Please look into it! -Erin

    • Wow, thank you for this. I will look in to it! Ronan has been on a modified diet for nearly a year now, it probably wouldn’t be all that difficult for us to modify it a little more. 🙂