Friday, March 2, 2012
Hannah the speech therapist came and evaluated Ellie. Although Ellie has a very limited repertoire, consisting of "mama," "yum," and "yeah," she is not considered delayed. Evidently on the bell curve anything below an 85 is delayed and Ellie is an 88 on her receptive skills and an 84 on her expressive skills. So no delay. Further, Hannah said, most kids don't really start picking up words until age 23 months. Since Ellie just started walking she's on track for speech and we should expect (and yet encourage) her speech. Hannah will come back to evaluate Ellie in 6 months, so at about 25 months. If Ellie isn't speaking at that point, we can talk about putting ST in her rotation.