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Little T's speech assessment

On a sad note Little T had part of his speech assesment today. The past couple weeks he's come a long way in saying two word phrases. He talks about as much as anyone his age I think now. We have crossed an important hurdle where now he can ask for precisely what he wants. It's amazing how much he can express in two word phrases or the three three-word phrases he uses. This has helped a lot because when we don't understand and produce the wrong thing he has some patience and keeps trying but eventually he gets frustrated and cries.

But the speech assesment also shows me clearly where he lacks. He has no idea of 'being'. When asked "Are you standing?" He stood up. He also has no concept of time or him doing an action versus someone one performing it. He has no concept of objects relating to another at least verbally though he does physically. He can not put something in or something on request. He uses only two verbs "Wash" and "go"

For us as parents this translates into more crying sometimes. He knows we understand him but doesn't understand why the object isn't immediately produced if it's visible. "Where woo woo plate?" If the woo plate is there he must have it immediately. We try to explain it's dirty and has to be washed. He screams and lies on the floor until we give it to him.

I don't think this is poor behavior because he just waits if the woo woo (train) plate or his beebee (binky) is not visible and we're looking around for it. A process that can take up to 15 minutes. He waits and sometimes repeats the question somewhat plaintively but no crying. He understands we are looking for it.

I should also note he never says "Want woo plate." It's always "Where woo plate?" "Where Mama/Dada go?" Who when or what are not part of his vocabulary.

It would be all be fascinating if it wasn't my son being behind. Okay I still find it somewhat fascinating but also a little sad. I know he'll catch up. But I also know that he's a bright boy so his problems relate to his medication and physical delay.


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Jan. 19th, 2007 09:05 pm (UTC)
Part of this just sounds like him being two. I remember my son and daughter both at that age not understanding why they can't have exactly what they want when they want it. I have been through many temper tantrums over dirty dishes.

I'm sure he'll catch up, and by the time he's six or seven you'll have a hard time remembering how hard it was when he was two.

But, on the other hand, I understand how hard it must be to witness this, and wonder.
Jan. 20th, 2007 01:15 am (UTC)
Yeah I know his speech is one of the least of many problems he'll face and has faced. I just needed to vent.
Jan. 23rd, 2007 05:55 pm (UTC)
Venting is good.

Here's what I read in your description--he's a little bit behind in receptive language, but not too bad in expressive language. (Now, I'm not a professional, just a mom w/a kid in speech therapy....) His behavior is typical of a kid his age who can't always communicate his needs.

My guess? He'll catch up and when it all starts to click, it will snowball. That's what happened with Charlotte. New words everyday. Just now getting the hang of 2 word phrases (Little C is ahead of her :).).

Given all his challenges and his bright, eager nature, my advice? Vent when you need to. Then, take a deep breath; read to him as often as you can stand it; be religious about ST; and enjoy the toddler talk. In no time, he'll be sassing you in full, complex sentences and you'll have something else to vent.

In solidarity :)
Jan. 23rd, 2007 09:25 pm (UTC)
Yeah I know he'll catch up. Thanks for the advice.

I'm so glad Charlotte is using two-word phrases. And I'm glad Little T is ahead of Charlotte in something as Charlotte is eight months younger. A significant gap at this age. Little T is barely ahead of her in weight but several cm shorter. He also can't climb stairs on his feet. But he is doing his best to run. He trots now to try to keep up with his sister.

It's too bad we don't live closer because he'd love to meet her and try to keep up with motorwise. Then she'd show him how to eat with gusto and he'd show her how to eat without vomiting or gagging.

His receptive language is good. His talking is okay. He just has whole area of language he doesn't understand nor says. Before he could express himself I could only guess at what he understood. Now I see the gaps.
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