This being M had her annual review for EI last week, they were giving me her age ranges for areas and when they came to expressive speech she stopped.
EI- "do you want to know this?"
deer in the headlight look from me.
Me-"yes..i mean I think I should know, it's fine just tell me."
EI-"we can take the ages off here you don't have to know"
Me-cue sporadic crazy lady crying. "No I want to know, it's fine, i don't know why i'm crying." (maybe bc she was making such a big deal about it!!!)
EI-"Ok, she's on a 10 month level for expressive."
Well bleh. lol. P's first speech eval was at 15 months and she was on a 9 month level and that hit me like bricks for some reason. This..I expected it. I mean she DOESN'T talk and she's almost 2. I know a 6 month old who says the same things she's able to say.
We still need to be evaluated by a medical model though (per neuro) and because EI won't give us an ST since she has no foundation for speech..
The THAT being that P wants things for Xmas that aren't exactly appropriate for her diagnosis. She's obsessed with a pogo stick. Has been crying about it off/on for days. I found one more tailored to toddlers and it's cheap so I'm going to buy it for her, but really? A pogo stick? lol I mean she can barely walk some days! I guess it's the irony of it that gets me. I know it's great she doesn't see anything in herself to hold herself back but I'm looking at the bigger picture because I know she is going to be beyond disappointed when she can't do it. She JUST started to be able to jump from the floor. And she's pretty obsessed about it, which may be why she wants the pogo stick. I just hate that even something that should be simple as picking out gifts is a reminder of the physical challenges that she has faced and will continue to have to face.