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Monday, March 24, 2014

hey, want another diagnosis?

So speech.  We all know how well that is going--Iz rarely speaks.  In fact, she rarely speaks in most places we go.  Dr appointments.  Play group.  Specialist appointments.  Testing.  Even Grandma and Grandpa's house.  Wherever we go (or someone comes to us) where people not in our core family are present, she does not speak.  If we are lucky, she might grunt or point and maybe, must maybe, eventually talk a little. 

Our SLP is thinking Selective Mutism:  http://www.asha.org/public/speech/disorders/SelectiveMutism.htm

We already know Iz suffers from anxiety so it would actually not be surprising if she is suffering from an anxiety driven communication issue.  At this point, we are going to try and coordinate with her therapist to come to a speech session and see what's going on and she and the SLP can work together to come up with a plan to get Iz past her anxiety so she can benefit from her speech therapy.  She has 36 visits total approved by insurance and we've already used up 8 of them--Iz needs to get on the speech bandwagon soon!  If she's not participating in speech, insurance isn't going to approve another set of sessions when this one runs out :\

Today's visit started with Iz hiding from the SLP but she did eventually come out to play a little.  She insisted on wearing her coat and boots, something she hasn't done in several visits.  After she was done hiding under the table, she mostly pointed at things and grunted a few times.  Towards the end we got a few words but by the time she says something, its time to go!