Just wanted to make it clear that it is not the boys who are truly speechless... remember this video from 4 months ago? It was me who was thinking maybe this isn't something for the blog... but I decided the benefits of sharing this information outweigh the likelihood of it embarrassing them any more than their baby photos when their first girlfriends Google them. Sorry boys.
Anyway, back to 4 months ago. After the initial Uh-oh and Da-da, we expected more words to come, and were not disappointed with the addition of Ma-ma and Elk. (The fact that "Ma-ma"s most consistent meaning is grapes and "elk" refers to a cat didn't worry us.) Then I started to notice The Others.
"Ball," said a little one at playgroup. "Truck."
"Ma-ma" - meaning Ma-ma, not grapes. And all from younger and younger babies... but all babies are different, and everyone knows (or is) someone who didn't talk until well over 2 and are fine now, and our kids heard a different language until 7 months, and I didn't want to be one of "those" mothers... So I didn't worry. But then... "Umbrella," said a little one barely old enough to sit up.
"Elk!" repeated our boys delightedly, every time they saw a cat, or heard the word cat, or saw a picture of a cat, or a dog with pointy ears... "That's a bit odd," said the playgroup teacher. And of course there are the ubiquitous checklists, which our boys kept "failing". So we took them to First Words screening just in case. As I kept saying - better to get on the waiting list now (it takes up to a year to access services), and hope the issue goes away, then to find ourselves a year from now really needing help.
The first step was to fill out a little checklist. Then we met with a Speech-Language Pathologist who engaged the boys in some very social play, and showed us some ideas to promote early language. She evaluated them as doing well with the social aspects of language, but not making the variety of sounds we would expect by now. So they have been referred for the next step in the process, with the opportunity to be fully evaluated by a Speech Therapist coming over 6 months from now in September. Unless... Do we have private insurance? She also said: they are right on the edge of being eligible, the checklists are subjective, the lack of background info in our case leaves gaps in the validity of her screening, and that there is a good chance they will be fine, but why not get into the system just in case...
Which was exactly what I thought and wanted. So why aren't I happier?
9 months ago