Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Speech (finally!)

Elena used the words “Mommy” and “Daddy” and a sound for “more” when she was about 28 months old. CHECK WORDLOG. By Christmas that year (33 months), her vocabulary had grown amazingly, but her breath support was poor. She had multi-word sentences, but needed to take a breath after each word to put the spoken phrase together. I remember this distinctly, b/c she had an evaluation with the public school system in December 2007 and this was a main concern. By the end of January 2008, she was stringing words along with hardly any difficulty. The speech therapist was shocked! At 3 years 4 months, she still has major difficulty with certain sounds (/w/, /u/, /h/, /j/, /l/, /r/, /ch/, /th/) but she is understandable even by most strangers. She has great understanding of verb conjugation, the possessive, plurality and past/present/future tense. Overall, she speaks like a 3-yr old, with some speech impediments—still, really amazing considering what a late vocal start she had.

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