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Little T has typical speech and language

I took Little T to his language evaluation and the SLP there pronounced him typical. He still has his problems but apparently he will just get over them with a little help from me and preschool.

As you may have noticed from past posts I had been coming to the same conclusion myself beginning right after I scheduled this eval. Little T suddenly decided to catch up a whole bunch on language especially in the last month after months of literally halting progress. I decided to keep the eval in case the problems turned out to be therapy worthy since my comparison point is Special K who started talking very early and very often. However my children ever delight in making me look silly.

I still remember my pediatrician asking me at one of Special K's first appointments. "Can she point?" "No" I replied since up until that time she never had. "Where's Elmo?" the ped asked and lo and behold Special K pointed to Elmo like she had been pointing her entire life. My jaw dropped. The pediatrician smiled and checked "Can Point" on her chart.

It's still sinking in to be honest. Right now he's quiet because he's watching tv. Yeah bad mom. TV clearly retards speech. But his speech/language is like his fine motor in his right arm. For a long time he had a depressing litany of delayed delayed in his tests "he needs therapy now(Mom run around and get him some)" and then after months of therapy suddenly he was typical typical typical "Don't worry mom". If his fine motor of his right arm is anything to go by he'll be singing complete songs soon enough. He loves songs and I have to say he can already carry a tune better than his sister. With the right help the healing and resilience of children is truly miraculous.

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chamois_shimi
Aug. 24th, 2007 07:11 am (UTC)
Yay!!

Funny about TV and retarding speech. C isn't interested in the TV, only looks at it if there's music playing, or there's cats or dogs on it. So something else must be retarding his speech. ;P Not that he doesn't talk - he talks /all/ the time, but it's not actually words, or anything much like them. He has a few sounds like words - kee-yee (kitty), mmm! (more, hungry, give it here now), doo (door, outside). But for nearly 18 months, it's not much. :/
chamois_shimi
Aug. 24th, 2007 07:11 am (UTC)
Oh, and "bah" for bye.
waterowl
Aug. 25th, 2007 03:06 am (UTC)
Well there's a big variation in speech at that age. Saying a few words at 18 months is typical and the words will often be in toddlerese which is far from adult speech. Proper articulation develops later. However if you're concerned you should talk to your son's pediatrician at his 18 month appointment.
maya_a
Aug. 24th, 2007 02:06 pm (UTC)
Yay for Little T! My son did the same thing; we had a round of speech/language evaluations set up and just after the hearing eval, he started adding dozens of words a week and hasn't been quiet since, I think (except when reading).
waterowl
Aug. 25th, 2007 03:13 am (UTC)
Yeah I'm still getting used to the constant chatter. He used to reserve his speech for his speech therapist now he directs the bulk of his speech at me or his sister. He has a very loud voice and so does Special K.
poets_hand
Aug. 24th, 2007 07:43 pm (UTC)
That's awesome! Go Little T!

I had a case of my child surprising me just last week. At Ian's Kindergarten math assessment, I told the teacher "he's not as strong in math as Emily; his love is reading". At which point she tested him and he just kept going to higher and higher levels. Who knew he knew what 572 is, or that he can count up to 130? I never thought to ask. ;.)
waterowl
Aug. 25th, 2007 03:13 am (UTC)
Cool! Good for Ian!
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