We got our copy of the speech therapist’s report. As measured by the test she did on his understanding of language (presumably the third of the three tests she did; for those who are interested, it’s apparently called the Reynell Developmental Language Skills 3), he understood language structures at the level of an average four and a half year old. This puts him just over a year ahead of his chronological age in language comprehension.
<pause for smug smile>
Since Sidheag asked: it seems that the signs of autism she thought he was showing during the assessment were problems with his social interaction – reduced eye contact and ‘tendencies not to initiate social interaction or shared play’. She also wrote, however, that his intellect will enable him to learn appropriate social behaviours and conversation over time. Which is pretty much what I think, as well (hey, it worked for me…) She’s going to liaise with the nursery about using something called the Early Years Toolkit for social and communication difficulties, and get a colleague of hers who visits children at nurseries to do a repeat assessment in the autumn term. I shall look forward to seeing what further complimentary things are said at that point about my brilliant son.