I have noticed some very drastic improvements in Miss Kat's speech and spoken language in the last two weeks. She is doing great with adding the final consonants (she has always been a deleter, and it really lowers her intelligibility) and she is now adding "s" for plurals! Yeah Miss Kat! (Just a note, these were actually CID's biggest concerns. They thought if we fixed those two things Miss Kat would be come infinitely more understandable.)
So, what is the mysterious explanation for such great results in such a short amount of time? Well, I have a few theories:
First, Miss Kat did have her bilateral implant activated. It correlates with the exact time frame of these improvements.
Second, she is back in school. The difference could be because she is back in school full time.
And last, and what I think the answer truly is (though I am sure the other things helped), Miss Kat has a new speech therapist at school! As I have posted in the past, we have had some struggles with the speech therapist (read: I despise the old therapist!) I had declined speech therapy for Miss Kat last year because I believe that the former therapist is not qualified to work with Miss Kat (in fact, I had nightmares, actual nightmares about her). But this year we have a GREAT therapist! We have actually have worked with her in the past. She was a graduate student at the University where Miss Kat gets her aural rehab. So, we know that she works well with Miss Kat, I know that she is good at her job and I know who trained her and I trust her COMPLETELY!
I am very excited about Miss Kat's progress and her new therapist! Woo Hoo!