Wednesday, February 29, 2012


Today a lady came to our house for just over an hour to do an initial observation of Noah and his speech and overall development. She was nice and seems to be good at what she does.

The assessment form was the same as the one we filled out for his 18 month pediatrician appointment, so we knew how it would go. He's off the charts good at gross and fine motor skills. He's on track for problem solving and social skills. He has zero verbal communication.

Now, he actually communicates with us very well. It's rare we don't know what he means or what he wants. But, he isn't say any actual words, and he doesn't point to things in books or know how to point to his nose, mouth, etc. The biggest reason he can't do those things is that, honestly, we don't work on those with him. He knows his feet and helps us when we say it's time to put his socks or shoes on. He knows his hands and helps put his arms through when we're putting his clothes on. But he can't be bothered with "where is your nose" silliness. And anytime we say a word for him to repeat back to us, he says "yeah" - like yeah I know that's an apple, I'm glad you know that's an apple, now hand it over. So, we end up not going over and over words with him.

In the past week he's started "talking" at us even more. And what we've noticed is that he seems to have so much to say that it gets stuck in his mouth. The lady said it seems like his brain is faster than his mouth. That's a good description.

He understands at least 60-70% of what we say to him.

Also, socially, he's made progress in the past month or so. He used to shake his head "no" at anybody who came to close to him. He doesn't do that anymore. Now, he hugs boys he likes at a friend's house and even hugged a friend of Nerdstar's who was visiting last night. (He hugs us a lot, too!)

We've scheduled a more in-depth diagnosis session for April 5th. There will be a speech pathologist and educator and someone else there to evaluate him. We'll probably go ahead and do that. But really, he's going to talk when he's ready. He's a stay-at-home boy with very little need/motivation to use words so far.

We are a little jealous of all the parents of little girls who talk early and often!


Michelle said...

We were worried that Amelia wasn't talking enough at her 18 month appointment, she had a few words, but most were really not clear. Our pediatrician assured us that when she did start talking, it would happen VERY quickly and she'd get new words all the time. Boy was she right. We've entered full-on parrot phase which is always interesting when Dave is changing her diapers (this is how she's gotten "oh boy" and "stinkbomb"). So don't worry, soon you'll miss the quiet :)

Beth said...

Yeah, that's mostly what we figure will happen. Then I have to stop saying "damnit dog" all the time! And we're just waiting to be bossed around even more!

Sarah said...

I had always heard that a major part of the terrible 2's is that kids can't communicate and get frustrated. Well, I know I'm lucky that our kid talks really well -- which has zero to do with anything I've done to make her that way -- so she talks so much that it's easy to forget that she's still an indecisive, irrational basketcase. The talking hasn't helped us much when she does things like say "All done!" and push her plate away, and then when we pick it up, she screams and sobs "I still eating!" Then we set it back down and she says "No" and pushes it away. That about drives me NUTS and it happens at every meal. I keep thinking she talks enough that she ought to be able to convey something as simple as whether she wants to be eating or not, but no. Being two is interesting no matter how much they talk!

Glad to hear he's making friends and thriving. You're doing a great job, mama! (Cuz we all need to hear that more often than we do!)

meridith said...

Also, from the parent of a chatty girl, I think there are definitely trade-offs. Some kids are better faster at some things than others. it doesn't stop me from agonizing over that one kid who's like a child genius but I try to remind myself that cute goes a long way and Noah has that a thousand times over!

Beth said...

Sarah - we're really lucky so far in understanding what he's trying to tell us.

Meredith - it's so interesting watching different kids to things at different times. We joked about saying Noah's a cute dumb jock, but he's way too smart for that :-) It'll probably be a good thing he can outrun all the chatty girls chasing him.