I am finally here to share the results of Dean’s PEC test. These results are personal to Dean’s development and I am very proud of him. He has come such a long way in just 6 months. I am not bragging about my son’s development. I am sharing his journey with others who might be going through the same thing to share that there is hope that one day your child might be independent. Honestly, I have had the best experience with ABA therapy. The three women are amazing with him and he has bonded to them. Simply put, he loves them and I do think that they really care about him. They are invested in our family and Dean’s life. They want to be a part of his life and cannot wait until he is older to help him cope with other life situations.
I will compare him from where he started to where he is now.
- Previous Age Equivalent at 2 years old: 0-6 months
- Now at 2 1/6 years old: 0-6 months
- He was able to pass 1 test out of 16 with an emerging score for waving goodbye
- So, there is no difference in his age score, but he couldn’t attempt waving goodbye before. There is some improvement.
- Previous Age Equivalent at 2 years old: 7-8 months
- Now at 2 1/6 years old: 16-18 months
- A big leap in developing these skills.
- Out of 13 tests, he passed 5 of them and had emerging skills in 3 other tests.
- He can find items under a cup, show interest in a book, and hear and respond to a clapper. He has emerging skills in responding to gestures and completing a form board.
- Fine Motor
- Previous Age Equivalent at 2 years old: 8-9 months
- Now at 2 1/6 years old: 19-20 months
- A huge improvement in this area
- Out of 16 tests, he passed 5 and had emerging scores in 2.
- He can grasp a dowel, threads beads on a spindle, and flip on a light switch. He has emerging skills in stringing beads and using hands cooperatively.
- Gross Motor
- Previous Age Equivalent at 2 years old: 17-18 months
- Now at 2 1/6 years old: 12-13 months
- He has regressed a bit in this area, because there has been greater focus on other areas to learn more in. Still, he has lost a few skills that he used to have and will have to relearn them.
- Out of 18 tests, he passed 3 and had emerging scores in 4. He also lost 4 skills.
- He can walk alone, carry a ball, and jump up and down on both feet. He has emerging skills in climbing a chair, drinking from a cup, and displaying hand dominance.
- Eye Hand Integration
- Previous Age Equivalent at 2 years old: 0-9 months
- Now at 2 1/6 years old: 14-17 months
- Another huge improvement in this area.
- Out of 15 tests, he passed 2 and has emerging scores in 2.
- He can fit shapes into slots and put blocks in a box. He has emerging skills in fitting pieces into slots by size and stacking blocks.
- Cognitive Performance
- Previous Age Equivalent at 2 years old: 0-8 months
- Now at 2 1/6 years old: 11-12 months
- A really decent jump in this area as well.
- Out of 23 tests, he passed 1 and has emerging scores in 1.
- He can find hidden objects and he has an emerging skill in 2 way sorting.
- Cognitive Verbal
- Previous Age Equivalent at 2 years old: 0-15 months
- Now at 2 1/6 years old: 0-8 months
- He didn’t regress here. As a child gets older, it is assumed that more words and verbal skills are developed. Dean hasn’t learned anything more, so he scored lower this time around.
- Out of 27 tests, he didn’t pass any or have any emerging scores. No different than his last test.
- Overall Development Age Equivalent
- Previous Age Equivalent at 2 years old: 10-13 months
- Now at 2 1/6 years old: 14-16 months
- It is looking up and the improvement means so much more when you break it down by category.
The rest of his PECS, I will not be sharing because it is personal to him and what he needs to work on. I don’t want him to look at my blog later and see me saying what he can’t do all of the time. I want him to see me be proud of him. I just wanted to share how far he has come and share this milestone with all of you. As a fellow parent with autism, you can see how much improvement good ABA can give your child. I don’t think he would have improved so much without it. The rest of the PECS is about his Behavioral Skills, Behavioral Observations, Current Problem Areas, and his corresponding treatment plan. All of this stuff is really personal and I would only share with people close to me. I hope you all understand that some things are just private. I put a lot of our life out here.