Friday, September 3, 2010

speech sample

When we were at the John Tracy Clinic this summer, we had the opportunity to look at Lucas's language skills with more depth. I had stopped keeping track of all of his words, because there were too many to count. But, with the help of one of their vocabulary books, we counted how many receptive and expressive words Lucas has. We came up with close to 500 expressive words, and 900 receptive words.

At a chronological age of 2 years 8 months, and a hearing age of 1 year 8 months, here is a speech sample of Lucas. I just love the Bill Martin / Eric Carle bear books (brown bear, polar bear, panda bear), but I especially love Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, for its simple animals and colors. When I read this to him, I pause to let him fill in the blanks, then I let him read the entire last page. I think it's great that the books are always summarized on the last page.  He just belts it out, so I decided I needed to get it on video.


I just love his sweet little voice, and his intonation and enthusiasm for what he's saying. It's not exactly a random language sample, because he's just making a running list of images he sees. But, I think it gives a good glimpse at how well he speaks. I think it's so cute that he adds "y" to most of the animals (ducky, froggy, etc.). I'm not quite sure why he says "black fish" instead of "black sheep", but "sheep" is actually the first word he says on the video. There are still a few articulation substitutions that he makes (doddy, instead of doggy), but he's not even 3 yet, so we're just going to wait for some of the later sounds to emerge. You can also see him sporting his new blue and white hearing aid mold (just in time for Penn State football season). It fits so beautifully and doesn't give feedback at all now. We will continue to encourage him to wear it, to stimulate that auditory nerve and see what it can do for him!

We are incredibly, incredibly proud of him and how far he's come. We never dreamed in a thousand years that he would talk this well, this soon, or even ever. To say that we are eternally grateful for this life-changing technology is a huge understatement. I still marvel every single day.

8 comments:

susannah said...

way to go lucas! sooo wonderful to see/hear his progress!

Landry said...

HOORAY, Lucas!

I keep up with you guys through Google Reader, so I don't ever comment, but had to let you know how proud I am of his progress!!! We're hoping to do JTC summer camp next year-are you going again?

xraevision said...

Wow, what fantastic progress! If I didn't know your story, I don't think I would be able to tell that Lucas was deaf or had any language issues. He sounds great!

The technology is incredible, isn't it? Why are we hesitating? All of our teachers, therapists and medical professionals still aren't convinced that X needs an implant, but he just turned three and he's only about 18 months expressively. (Receptively, he's making appropriate progress.) In the next six months, he'll be attending an oral deaf preschool program (similar to JTC), continue AVT with his SLP and be assessed by an OT for oral motor issues. If he doesn't make significant progress in this time, we will be seriously considering a unilateral implant. I am extremely grateful to JTC parents, such as yourself, for sharing their CI experiences. Your story gives me a lot of hope for my son's future.

leah said...

Lucas is just amazing- he is so awesome! Especially with his blue-and-white earmold. Nolan approves! :-)

Amy said...

Way to go Lucas! You just keep on trucking big guy. And all this with one implant- absolutely AMAZING! I'm so happy for you.

Gary said...

Awesome!

Lauren said...

I am so, so thrilled by this latest video. How amazing and WONDERFUL...I never cease to be amazed and touched by Lucas' constant progress.

Love you three. SO happy for you guys, and ESPECIALLY proud of Lucas!

tammy said...

That is AWESOME!!! I just love his little voice too! He is doing so AMAZING Jen! Hugs to you all!!