Rylie had her intial evaluation through the Early Childhood Development here in Toledo yesterday. They sent someone here to our house and they had her draw pictures, do puzzles, had her do some hopping and standing on one leg (to check her physical development), asked her questions and asked me lots of questions about her abilities.
Afterwards I asked what he thought about all of it. He say's that a thorough hearing and speech evaluation needs to be done. He doesn't think she is delayed "brain" wise. But he did give me this comparison, he said "she is like a computer that works but the speakers are broken and you can't understand it". I thought "Yes! Yes! That sounds right."
Now, the thing to figure out is why the "speakers" don't work. Is it a hearing problem or some reason for a speech disability? Thank goodness we have someone else working with us to try to figure out how best to help her. There will be another more indepth evaluation, I am sure, and if they decide that this qualifies as a "disability" to her progress then they will provide us with the proper therapy to help her improve her speech.
I will keep ya'll updated with what is going on and the progress being made. I received this email today from the Daily OM and thought it was a good one to post today.
November 2, 2007
The Music Of Language
Words Are Energy
When we speak or write, we use the vehicles of words to carry meaning, as well as energy, from ourselves to another person or group of people. We may be speaking to our baby, our boss, or to an audience of 500 people. We may be writing a love letter, a work-related memo, or an entry in our own diary. Whatever the case, each word we speak or write has a life of its own, a vibratory signature that creates waves in the same way that a note of music creates waves. And like musical notes, our words live in communities of other words and change in relation to the words that surround them. When we are conscious of the energy behind our words, we become capable of making beautiful music in the world. If we are unconscious of the power of words, we run the risk of creating a noisy disturbance.
Some of us know this instinctively, while others come to this understanding slowly. Most of us, though, speak without thinking at least some of the time, blurting out our feelings and thoughts without much regard for the words we choose to express them. When we remind ourselves that our words have an impact on the world at the level of energy, we may find within ourselves the desire to be more aware of our use of language.
A fun way to increase our sensitivity to the power of words is to simply make a list of our favorite words and notice the energy they contain. We can write them down and post them where we can see them, or we can speak them aloud, feeling them reverberate in our bodies and in the air around us. This is like learning to consciously play an instrument that we have been playing unconsciously for most of our lives, and the effect can be startling and delightful. As we grow more comfortable and confident playing the instrument of language, we will begin to compose beautiful messages, creating positive energy every time we write or speak.
Thanks for stopping by and please keep Rylie (and us) in your prayers.
Have a great day & hugs to all my friends!