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Sunday, May 3, 2009

Semester Progress Report

Miss Kat's therapy semester ended last week. We received her "progress report" this week and it was great news!

Long Term Goals:

1. Katrina will increase receptive language through auditory information only using her cochlear implant by February 2010.

2. Katrina will use her cochlear implant to develop spoken language by February 2010.

3. Katrina will increase the complexity of her auditory skills by February 2010.

Nice and vague, right?! These are just the overall goals that we have for the next year.

Short Term Goals

1. Katrina will detect and repeat the Ling 6 sounds + "no voice" with auditory only presentation with 100% accuracy across three consecutive sessions.
Goal Achieved

She had some trouble with "ooo" vs "mmm" when she was first activated, but a follow up MAPing fixed that right up!

2. Katrina will demonstrate auditory discrimination of vowels in words presented in a closed set of four with 80% accuracy across two consecutive sessions.
Goal Achieved

We used words that had the same beginning and final sound, with only a vowel change (i.e. boot, bite, boat, bat). Her baseline was 40% (knowing one word plus luck guesses!) She achieved 85% by our last two sessions.

3. Katrina will increase her identification of familiar objects when named using auditory only information to 50 picture or objects as a cumulative measure.
Goal Achieved

She got 54 objects identified. The list did not include colors or numbers, which she also knows. Her baseline was 12 words.

4. Katrina will increase her spontaneous use of meaningful expressive language to include 50 single word approximations or word combinations in communication with clinician as a cumulative measure.
Goal Achieved

74 total word approximations! These are all spontaneous and she had several 3 word sentences recorded! Baseline was 22 words, but that was 2 months post activation. Pre-CI it was literally Momma, Daddy, and baby, that's it.

5. Katrina will demonstrate auditory comprehension of highly familiar phrases with reduced supersegmental pattern differences with 70% success across two sessions.
Goal Achieved

She got 81% and 85%. The phrases were things like "Pat your head" and " Touch your toes". She did very well.

WAY TO GO MISS KAT!!!! What a difference 5 months and one implant makes!


Dianrez said...

Congratulations on recognition by hearing these words! I wondered, however, if the AVT therapy is stopping the ASL that you were using outside of therapy?

Do you have goals in this area, too if still using ASL? How many sign/expressions in ASL does she know?

Great going, the two modalities will combine to make a bigger vocabulary!

Demented Demon. said...

This is all wonderful and I can't help but wish I had a set plan like this when I lost my hearing virtually at the age of 3.

I wish you and your daughter all the very best.

Miss Kat's Parents said...

Nope. We will sign everyday until we die!

This isn't her school goals, just private AVT.

Danielle said...

You and your husband are awesome parents for your daughter having a CI/ Speech therapy and still using ASL. Thank you for not throwing away her signing in favor for oral skills. Your daughter will thank you one day. :)

Have you guys decided though where she is going for school? And also, where are you located? Califorina? If so, have you ever looked at Simi Valley Elementry school? Just curious :)

nacpac said...

I can not help it but smile. Your little darling is making great strides in AVT! We also have a child who has a cochlear implant. He receives private AVT and uses a RID certified ASL interpreter and a FM as his tools in his classroom. No bragging here, but he is one of the top performers in his class.

With the CI, FM, and an interpreter... he gets 100% access to information.

There are other deaf and hh signing kids at that school and he has opportunities to mingle with them if he chooses to.

I am grateful to know there are other parents out there who give ALL options to their kids with CI.

Your child is perfectly fine!

Miss Kat's Parents said...

We are in Utah...(rolls eyes)

leah said...

Wow- Miss Kat is definitely making progress!! The long term goals sound great- when they're vague you can modify them as needed. Having specific short-term goals is wonderful, and she seems to be checking those right off her list!

nacpac said...

Oh, Utah? A state where Oralism/Hearingism dominates.

Sigh. Have you checked Jean Massieu School out yet? It is a Bilingual Deaf school and I have heard great things about it.

I am not sure what JMS' services are for kids with CI.

I suggest that you track down Minnie Mae (not sure of her married last name) as she is one of the founders of JMS if you want to get in touch with an educated Deaf leader of Utah. She has deaf children herself.

Miss Kat's Parents said...

My daughter attends JMS right now. They are a great bi-bi school, but the services for CI/speech/listening are less than stellar.

I know Minnie Mae very well!

Anonymous said...

wowwwwwwwwwwww god for you keep up the graet work many great things will come your way.

jelly said...

Sounds like things are going great for you and your family.

Keep up the good work :-)

Ryan and Shannan Hoffman said...

Hi! Thanks for your comment on my blog. Where in Utah are you? We saw Dr. Krimmer at Primary Children's. I actually don't know for sure if Kate has hearing loss yet. She still jumps to noises and sometimes even light noises wake her up. But the doctor thinks that if she did have CMV it is possible that she may lose her hearing. She has sever vision loss and is mostly cortically blind, and has cerebral palsy too. It's a little tough because she isn't doing too much developmentally yet, but is 6 months old today. I'm trying to think positive. Thanks so much for your comment! Your daughter is beautiful!

Li-Li's Mom said...

Now THAT is one Happy Mother's Day present! Many, many congratulations to you both. I love that knowing Miss Kat's potential you set such high goals at the outset and, of course, she nailed it.