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He does, most likely still have Apraxia, and also perhaps a phonological disorder, which only appears as a distinguishable diagnosis around age four. We are fortunate to have such a well appointed speech therapist working with Bubbles; but The Guru is almost too good. She has made so much progress with him that he has blossomed like a bloomin onion. Because he is revealed to us with each new layer, and also because he is as delicious as a deep fried bloomin onion.
But, at the IEP, I was flabbergasted when I was told that his vocabulary AND expressive language skills test in the five year old range (he is 3.6), and that he technically no longer qualified for services, and especially not an ESY. So, the boy who has had 3 hours/week of speech therapy is suddenly released? I don't think so. I asked for at least one hour/week of continued 1:1 speech services, based on the following principles:
- The school district was willing to pay for ESY if I would have taken their suggestion to send him to a special day school (which was not appropriate!).
- He was doing so very well with the speech therapist, that to take him away entirely, would be akin to removing one of 4 wheels on a car and expecting it to continue to run well.
Bubbles has one hour of 1:1 speech therapy in an ESY and is scheduled to be re-evaluated when he is four.
If you need support at your IEP, please let me know - I am happy to share the love.