Thanks for your comments on my post yesterday. Very nice to listen to my rant, which I deleted.
The evaluation was pleasant, actually. Jack had a great time, and the women agreed that his motor skills are excellent and that he is very funny.
He does, in fact, have a language delay, which seems to be the result of some oral motor difficulties he has. The SLP didn't know if he is delayed enough to actually qualify for services. She has to score his evaluation and get back to us because he is right on the border.
(he has some food issues-- he doesn't like the way slimy textures feel in his mouth; he stuffs his cheeks until he gags, and he doesn't use his tongue to move food or drink around his mouth. all of these things may be related to his inability to form sounds, which is what our pediatrician said at his 18-month appointment. we asked our doctor if we should contact the Birth to 3 program for a speech evaluation and he said we could if we wanted. he said he thought Jack was developing okay-- definitely slower than his big brother, but still not alarmingly slow-- but if we had concerns we should call the place and get Jack seen. he also said Jack's speech issues seemed to be with pronunciation, not acquisition/understanding/sensory development-- all huge reliefs.)
On one hand, we are glad that he is sort of okay. We are also glad that he DOES have a problem and we aren't just being stage parents or something. But having him on the cusp of getting help through this program is really frustrating. If he is delayed (and he is), we want him to have some help.
Obviously, this program is not the only place to turn for therapies-- there are books and curricula and exercises and private therapists, etc. The SLP made it sound like they would probably NOT recommend services now, but they would do another evaluation when he is 2 and if he hasn't had a language explosion they'll help him then. I am not going to be able to just sit tight for 5 months listening to Jack's entire vocabulary being expressed in 3 consonant sounds because I am anxious like that. so I'll keep you posted.