Around this time of year, I like to look through my files and find any children who have not been assessed in the last year AND who have made significant progress on their goals.
One child I see is diagnosed with ASD and ADHD. His family came to me a year and a half ago after moving to the Seattle area. He was in first grade and had severe speech and language delays. He scored in the 0.5th percentile for his core language, in the 2nd percentile for receptive language and in the 1st percentile for expressive language.
Now that I’ve been working with this little guy for a year and a half, I figured it was time to reassess him. He went from 0.5th percentile to the 10th percentile in his core language. His receptive language went from the 2nd percentile to the 30th percentile! His expressive language score went from the 1st percentile to the 14th percentile! These improvements are HUGE and so exciting.
For those who are unfamiliar with percentiles, here is an explanation http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Percentile.
I can’t take all the credit for these gains. This child has a lot going for him. He has dedicated parents who bring him to me for speech therapy twice per week religiously. They don’t miss a session unless it’s absolutely unavoidable. They have a close relationship with his teacher and they hold the school administration to the child’s IEP and ask for frequent reports on what the’s working on and how he’s doing.
Speech therapy is proven to decrease the symptoms of ASD and these results are what we all strive for in this field. It’s a validation of what we work so hard to do every day.