Since Korey is in Early Intervention he receives an evaluation from each teacher every 6 months. His first one was in September and I completely forgot to share it. Each teacher/therapist that comes over has a set of goals that they are helping us try and meet. These goals are broken down into short-term objectives and then evaluated at how is is achieving them later on.
Education Long Term-Goal: Korey will improve his cognitive skills to age appropriate levels.
Korey will be able to transition between activities given consistent supportive words/prompts. When he was evaluated for this he was ranked with a sometimes but this was something he needed to continue to work on.
Korey will improve his time on tasks to non-preferred activities to 2-5 minutes. Getting him to sit still is such a struggle with some activities that he doesn’t want to do and this was marked as trying since it is so difficult for him to do.
Korey will be able to follow one and two step verbal directions. At the time this was marked as a sometimes but he is so much better at this. Only if he really wants to continue what he is doing will he attempt to ignore us, and then it gets frustrating.
Korey will engage appropriately in pretend play. When he first started services he was marked sometimes because he needed work on how to appropriately play with others but he’s doing much better here too!
Korey will respond by looking when his name is called out. Marked as a sometimes. I cannot tell you how many times I wanted to pull my hair out when people would say to me that Korey has Autism just because he wouldn’t look at them. No actually he is a stubborn child and doesn’t think what you have to say to him is important. Nothing to do with Autism. He is much better at this now.
Speech Long-Term Goal: Korey will improve his expressive and receptive language skills to age appropriate levels.
Korey will imitate and spontaneously produce a variety of age appropriate sounds and syllables such as /p,b,m,t,d,h/ with 80% accuracy when modeled by his family members and therapists. This was marked as a sometimes, before he hardly repeated anything we said now he says a lot more. However when he works with his teacher he finds it a lot of work and usually likes to divert his attention.
Korey will use word approximations to name objects, pictures, body parts, and people in his environment with 80% accuracy. He has gotten better at having a lot of words to use, now we are just working on him finishing his words, this went from sometimes to most of the time.
Korey will use sign language (more,me,please,all done, eat, etc.) along with word approximations to express his wants and needs. 80% accuracy of the time. This was a sometimes but he almost always does this now!
Korey will use two to three word phrases 80% of the time. FINALLY he has started this, before it was only one word.
And that’s where we were at in September. I know it’s a lot to read but it’s what we have been going through and where all our hard work has gone.