We are finished with The Rachel Ray Show except for going in to the taping next week. So much fun and excitement. We could not have had a better experience. I signed a confidentiality agreement so can't give the details until next week. But it's GREAT! LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! We are truly blessed.
I came across a list of Cormac's words that used to hang on the fridge. It's dated September 2007. That's three months post implant. Here's where he was:
Ha Ha Ha for monkey
Yeah- claps hands
Beep Beep-signs car
up puts hand in air
Hop Hop Hop-signs rabbit
Shh- puts head down to sleep
"get me the ball" -went and got basketball
Elmo- signs Elmo
Bye Bye -waves bye
owie- signs owie
woof woof-signs dog
Ahh Ahh for airplane
Ha Ha for Monkey noise
Bu for Ball
Pointed to cow and said MMM
Saw Rabbit and said Ha Ha Ha for Hop Hop Hop
This isn't a comprehensive list but most of what he was doing at the time. My how things have changed in such a short time. Today he is having full conversations and says words I didn't even know a three year old would know!
We are heading to NYU to get mapped because I think this last one is just not working well for him. He seems bothered by it and tht not what we want.
Oh and I promised to give the results from his 2 year audiology evaluation.
Speech awareness thresholds right ear: 15dBHL for /ba/, 10dBHL for /sh/ 25dBHL for /s/
Speeach awareness thresholds for left ear 15dBHL for /ba,sh/ 20dBHL for /s/
Multisyllabic Lexical Neighborhood Test (MLNT)
This is an open-set test of multisyllabic word recognition. The word list consists of 12 lexically easy words and 12 lexically difficult words (low frequency occurring words from dense neighborhoods). The test is administered via tape and is scored by both number of words correct and number of phonemes correct.
2 years post
MLNT words (easy) 92% (at 18 months post implant he was 75%)
MLNT phonemes 98% (at 18 months post implant he was 88%)
MLNT words (hard) 100% (at 18 months post implant he was 75%)
MLNT phonemes 100% (at 18 months post implant he was 85%)
You can see he improved from 18 months post implant to 2 years post implant.
At 2 years post implant Common Phrases (quiet) 100% (he was not tested at 18 months for common phrases)
At two years post implant Common Phrases (noise) 100%
He did the same in noise and quiet. This makes me VERY happy.