On Monday, DH and I took Abby to the hospital to see the Consultant Developmental Paediatrician.
Because of her speech delay, questions were raised by various health professionals as to whether there were other underlying and more serious problems, and she has had numerous and various developmental assessments over the last year.
Today, we got to see the head honcho.
The testing went really well and Abby was happy and co-operative. The outcome was that her speech delay, which was categorised as moderate (ie about 14 months behind the average for her age) at the beginning of August has improved so much that it is now only "mild".
Now that it is music to my years !
She does have occasional difficulty with concepts, which is directly related to the language delay, but the Consultant said he is happy and sure that with further speech therapy she will continue to progress and catch up quickly, and that the conceptual hiccups will be ironed out in due course as her language skills develop further.
So, she has been officially assessed as entirely developmentally normal but with a mild speech delay.
We are happy :-)
Just waiting to inch back up the speech therapy waiting list for her next block of sessions....