Today was to be a post (Finally) about Christmas in SK but that has been pushed back until tomorrow. Instead this post is about Finley.
In the fall, Finley was sent home a letter from Renfrew saying she had been assessed and they recommended that she have full assessment from the SLP in January. She struggled they said with a L lisp or something, I don’t remember at the moment. Not a huge surprise to us. I kinda expected it.
Yesterday she came home with her assessment. Because I never check her agenda until 4 minutes before we rush out the door I only saw it this morning. I always have this fear opening these envelopes, expecting the worst but I thought at worst she has to see a SLP a few times to work on the lisp sound. Much to my surprise, we were met with Age Appropriate Skills and that she does not require additional support! If you follow me on social media then you already know this. What you didn’t see were all the great comments on her assessment:
**Finley is friendly and co-operative and always gives her best effort (not a surprise, she is a keener)
** Her teacher Mrs M said that is able to understand Finley’s utterances well within the classroom 95-100% of the time. (when we met with Mrs. M for parent teacher interviews in November, she had no idea that Finley was even speech delayed)
** Mrs M also said that Finley is a strong student and has demonstrated skills in reading and writing. She also reported that Finley appears to have developed positive peer relationships within the classroom.
There are some sounds that we can work on but the “th” is normal for her age group and that should come in the next year or so. And sometimes her “ch” signs are slushy but they said that Finley demonstrated the ability to produce the ‘s’ and ‘ch’ sounds correctly in various words, it suggests that the correct production of the ‘s’ and ‘ch’ sounds in all words is developing.
When we started this journey 3 years ago this week, I wondered if this would ever happen. Would she ever be on the same level as her peers? Or would she need to go to the special school in the NE for other kids with developmental delays? I didn’t know for sure one way or another. But Greg and I were determined to whatever we could to ensure that no matter where she ended up, it wouldn’t be for a lack of trying on our part. When she was initially assessed, they told me to find a special school and I did. She was enrolled that day and started a week later. The commute sucked and pretty ruined opportunities for play dates and we ended up spending a lot of time in traffic but I would do it again in a heartbeat. What Barrie and all the great staff did for her those 18 months at Pacekids is immeasurable. And Finley, what a rock star. She has been going to school 5 days a week since she was 3. Phenomenal. And she has loved every single minute of it. She was always eager to please and always working on her speech sounds everywhere she went. I am beyond thankful that Alberta has the PUF program to help kids like Finley and my only wish is that the other provinces did the same. It’s such a glorious resource.
To all of our friends and families who have listened to me vent, praise, whatever on our journey, I thank you for allowing me to do that. When it first happens, it is so overwhelming and you are given so much information that your world just kinda stops. It has been good for me to be so open about our struggles. I know I tend to be an open book sometimes, but my theory for living my life the way that I do, the way that my family does, is that if our story helps even one person and/or family, then I have done my job. And this applies to every single aspect of my life. And I thank you for sticking around for it.
PS. If you are looking to read more about our speech development journey, just click on the speech development label. It will take you to all of my posts on speech.