Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Developmental Update

Yeah!!!! Addy is finally crawling on all fours. It happened when we were up north for the 4th of July. I was in the camper with her and all of a sudden she was crawling back and forth in the camper on all fours. How excited we are!

Addy went for a speech evaluation shortly before the holiday. It was determined that she is developmentally behind in expressive language. Addy doesn't have any words yet, but she is extremely interested in her surroundings. She is constantly pointing at things and verbalizing sounds. She wants you to tell her the name of everything she points at. She's very interested in pictures and scans the room to find all the photographs. I recently made her a picture book of family members and she can almost point out anyone in the book when named.

During the speech evaluation the therapist had asked me if she was doing any creative play such as feeding a baby. I had not even thought about getting her a baby. I just assumed she was too young. When the speech therapist handed her a baby she didn't know quite what to do. So, Grandma Kris bought Addy a baby. She wanted it opened in the store. We opened it as soon as we got in the car and without showing her anything, asked her to feed the baby. Well, much to our surprise, she knew exactly what to do. She has really bonded with this baby. It's really cute. She nows feeds the baby with the bottle, spoon and fork and even makes the sucking noise when she does it.

So, Addy is now crawling freely about our house. She is still a rather slow crawler, but each day seems to gain more strength and quickness. Her therapists in OT and PT were rather surprised when we returned after the holiday. The speech therapist wants to see her back in 4 months to determine if she should begin speech therapy on a regular basis.

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