Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Chatterbox? Not So Much



Duncan is a bit of a late bloomer when it comes to language. He's got some words, but not the vocabulary that he's "supposed" to have at his age. We took him for a speech evaluation recently. After talking with us and Duncan, the therapist suggested getting him in a preschool or Parent's Morning Out program. There, he would hopefully be around better talking kids his age. She also thought speech therapy might be in order. Not that he's got major issues, but to catch him up. One method we're supposed to be practicing at home is encouraging two word sentences by repetition. When Duncan points to a light that is turned on and says, "Light!", we say "Light on." Five times in a row. He looks at us like we're idiots. It's like he's thinking, "All of a sudden these people have gotten really stupid! I just saw the light. That's all. Geesh!"

You may be surprised by the joy we feel when we finally do hear a two word sentence from our little guy. Duncan hasn't said "Light on" or any of the other sentences we have been endlessly repeating. What he did say was even cuter. He and Miranda were in the back seat of the car as we drove to drop off the van (again) at the shop. Miranda sneezed. And Duncan said, "Baby achoo!"

That's my boy!

7 comments:

sherrie said...

Very cute!

frogonthefly said...

Way to go Duncan!

Nat said...

Call me if you need advice on the speech therapy, etc.

Also, you should try the fish oil. DHA jr by Nordic Naturals. 3 days after he began taking it Beau started adding 5+ words a day and speaking in sentences--long sentences. Of course we couldn't understand him though but it cleared him of the Apraxia dx. He was 27 months btw. His speech therapist's head spun at the improvement he made in a week. Of course Beau still continues to have articulation issues. You might mention to the therapist that Duncan has a cousin with Phonological Processing disorder. These things can run in the family supposedly.

Anonymous said...

He says "What's at" (what's that).

Anonymous said...

In our family it's either feast or famine with talking. Lala

Anonymous said...

Actually, Duncan has put 3 words together: "What's at, ummmmmmm".
Grandpa

Anonymous said...

That's a very nice photograph. I love the reflection. Lala