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Sunday, April 20, 2008

improvements

As many of you know, Noah has been diagnosed with PDD (Pervasive Development Disorder) with the possibility of falling on the Austism spectrum. By 18 months old he had acquired approximately 20 words, however, all at once he lost the ability to speak. For the last 9 months we have worked with Early Childhood Intervention with speech and occupational therapy. His speech is increasing slowly. I am keeping a running record of his vocabulary, although not all of them are articulated correctly he says them to the best of his ability. Here is the current list of his words:

Fish - Bath - Ball - Mama - Dada - Chicken - Cow - Pig - Sheep - Baa (sheep's sound) - Bubble - More - Triangle - Star - Veggietales - Juice - Bye Bye - Playdough - Duck - Dog - Knock - Banana - Barn - Cake - Bacon - Up - Jump - Jonah - Bee - Bean - Nose - Snow - Baby

We are still struggling with behavior problems, but he has dramatically improved in social skills! His eye contact and ability to focus is increasing due to working with his sensory input needs. Very proud of his accomplishments... I know he gets so frustrated because he wants to communicate but just can't seem to get the words out. But through this all, God has taught me to find such sweet joy in his smile. He is truly the funniest kid ever... I am entralled with him. God has an incredible purpose for him.

1 comment:

Laura said...

Thank you for letting me share Noah's story on my blog. I posted about it today as well as the article and video you had shared. Keep spreading the word about vaccinations. If we can impact at least one family, I thinks that's a great start. Thanks again!

-Laura