Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Happy New Year - Update on Jack

Jack has now been implanted for almost 3 years with his first implant. He has had his bilateral implant for 7 1/2 months. I have noticed so much improvement on Jack's listening since his bi-lateral. He is so much more in tune with what is being said and picking up incidental speech like crazy. Yesterday, I was in the kitchen and Jack was in our office which is quite a distance away. I called his name and I heard him in the office say "what". It is amazing how well Jack is hearing....it's a miracle.

Jack is doing well with his overall understanding, but is still behind in his ability to use his words well. We had Jack evaluated by a oral motor specialist this past October and we found out that Jack is having some sensory issues with his mouth. We have been working on his oral motor issues since October and I have notice a difference in the last few weeks. He really is adding more words to form more complete sentences. He is still having troubles forming his B's and P's, but his M's are coming around. I know that this is why Jack has not progressed in his verbal abilities and I can't wait to see what this year is going to bring for him as we finally resolve this problem.

Jack is still attending AVT twice a week, oral motor once a week and Montessori Pre-school half day, everyday.

Happy New Year to all of you!

1 comment:

Heather said...

Hi there,

I found your blog somehow through another Ci family. Jack is a super cutie! I am interested in your post about oral motor issues since my 17 month old son seems to have some oral sensitivity and was implanted this fall. He only eats creamy baby food, refuses to eat table food. It worries me that it will affect his ability to speak.

Keep up the great work! Our blog is
http://ethan-charles.blogspot.com/

-Heather