Last Wednesday we had a visitor at our house. Another therapist to 'evaluate' Ayla. I never look forward to Ayla being 'evaluated' as I am never sure what they are going to say. But this turned out to be a pretty good meeting. 2 ladies, one Ayla's speech pathologist who doesn't have a lot to say (she's either shy or she is deferring to the other lady), and the other, another speech pathologist specialising in augmentative communication.
JACKPOT!!!! .....*little sing song voice*
Wow wow wow! Now this chick knows her stuff! She had Ayla completely worked out in half an hour and I actually agreed with everything she said. She's is really encouraged by Ayla's communication ability and thinks that developmentally, she's somewhere between 1-2 years and is what she calls an Intentional non-symbolic communicator to an early symbolic communicator. I know that sounds like jargon, but to me it's like music.
Long story - short......this lady has put together an incredible plan for Ayla's communication this year that has me really excited and she wants to train Ayla's new teacher and Ayla's carer, Joan, for me. If you have a child with communication issues.....you'll be hearing that music I was talking about. YAY! The teami have together for Ayla this year is going to be awesome......and I'm not letting them go! Their asses are MINE!!!
The video above is Ayla's communication with me tonight .......let's see where we end up!