We did Teag’s six month assessment a little early this time around, in preparation for baby. Her whole crew came out to our house – six people from the school district! Her PT Melanie and her intern, OT Nicole, ST Jacque, teacher Kristin and service coordinator Dedra. Plus Joel and myself. TT is always happy to have an audience.
The whole crew!
At the end of 2013 I was pretty frustrated, feeling like our progress had plateaued – but 2014 has been very exciting. We are super pumped about the goals we have for the next six months!
T’s progress in this area has been growing a lot over the last six weeks. Between signing and noises, she is able to tell us what she wants quite a bit – not as much as most 2 and-almost-a-half year olds, but her progress is a good sign. She understands a ton, and knows signs for milk, go, up, down, open, help, more, on, all done, drink, eat and me/mine. She understands a lot, follows directions, and answers simple questions – if you want to know what the sheep, cow, lion, snake or monkey says, Teagan is your gal! No help on the fox though. Or bobcat, sorry Grandpa Lorin. She’ll also put an “mmm” sound with the milk or more sign, makes a p sound when she sees a puppy, and a “ba ba” for baby or bubbles. Our next step here is completing words – so bay-bee for baby instead of ba ba – and word combinations. We’re getting a bit of this already; this morning I got a “ma ba” out of her for more bubbles, and at daycare she will do the signs for me and down when she wants to go downstairs. Our measureable goal for 6 months is for her to say 5 different words (the actual word, not just part of it) and to use 75 words or signs daily.
We’ve also found a new, private speech therapist to use. Her name is Amy and she comes to our house – she is very assertive, and makes Teagan work, which I love. We’ve only had two sessions with her, and we’re super excited to see where we are by the end of the summer! So for now, we have stopped working with Children’s.
We’re continuing to work on eating. It has gotten better, but meal time is still probably the most stressful part of the day. She’s doing stellar with the sippy cup, now our goal is to get her to use an open cup or a straw. She’s doing relatively well with a fork and can pierce some foods – although it would work better if she would look at her food, instead of us, when trying to do this ;-). Our six month goals here are for her to feed herself 2/3 of meal – which she does, if you consider how little she actually cares to eat (according to Grandma Ann, she gets that from her daddy). Also to pierce 5 pieces of food in a row, and to use open or straw cup to drink 2 ounces of liquid at least twice a day.
T is also doing a LOT of drawing now, which Nicole is really excited about. She’ll imitate vertical and horizontal lines, as well as dots, which is good for pre-writing skills.
Teagie at her coloring table
T gets around pretty well – she is a pro at going up and down the stairs, as long as she can use the bars on the railing. Our next steps here are doing the stars facing forward, vs. sideways as she does it now, and jumping. She’ll start preschool when she is three, so we want her to be all set to move around independently there. Also, she is working on catching a ball – she’s made some great progress here, thanks to her buddy Levi at daycare 🙂 Maybe he can teach her mom to catch a ball as well.
We’ve been working a lot on play/learning toys – shapes in sorters, puzzles, stacking, identifying pictures. Kirstin would like to see her expand her problem solving skills. Our six month goals are for her to be able to seperate toys during pick-up time, and bringing things she needs help with to us. She does this a bit – especially when she gets into the cupboard and finds a package of mini-muffins. We also want to see her identifying up to three different pictures of people, animals or objects in books and pictures.
Otherwise, life in the Petersen household has been spent watching Cyclone basketball, moving Teagan to her new room, and preparing for baby sister!
Big girl room!
Teagan is doing swim lessons, which she continues to love, with Daddy this time around.
Can’t wait to see where we are come the next six month assessment, especially now that we are working with the new speech therapist. And can’t wait to see what TT thinks of being a big sister!!!