My daughter (3yrs) was recently diagnosed with autism. At her evaluation when we got the diagnosis, we were told that her understanding of language (basically her understanding what we're saying/telling her) was at a 9 month old's level, and her use of language to communicate was at a 16 month olds level.
And, as optimistic as I am about her situation, I was still a little sad that she's so far behind. I mean, she's 3 and her language skills aren't even at a 2 year old level yet.
Anyway, today we went to speech and I brought her therapist the report from the Autism Institute where we got her diagnosis. When I gave her the paperwork, she made a copy and then asked if I would like a copy of her initial speech/OT eval that she did when they first saw Serena 3 months ago. I said yes and mentally hit myself in the head for not asking for it earlier. I'd never even thought of getting an actual copy of the details.
Once I got it I read over it and...
Three months ago (in November) her understanding of speech was at a 3 month old level. Her use of language to communicate was at a five month old level. Neither of them were even at the level of a 6 month old...
And now, with only 3 months so far at this new therapy place she's progressed all the way to 9 to 16 month old level. I mean, yeah, she's still way behind, but the amount of progress she's made astounds me when I look at it like that. Makes me not feel as bad about where she's at when I see where she's come from in such a short amount of time.
Totally random. I just thought about it and wanted to share. I'm proud of her though. She's getting there.