On Friday, we took Jonah to Children’s Therapy Team for a speech therapy evaluation. We’ve been worried about his lack of speech for some time, and the evaluation confirmed what we had been thinking. Jonah’s receptive language skills are great, maybe even a little ahead of his age group, meaning he understands so much of what we’re saying to him and can follow through on things we ask him to do, etc. But his expressive skills (i.e. actually talking) are pretty far behind, at around 12 months. He’ll be 19 months old tomorrow. I’ve only ever heard him say five different words, but I haven’t heard some of those words in months. He only consistently says “uh oh”. He doesn’t call us mama and dada. He doesn’t even have his own names for things, or try to say something but says it wrong. He babbles, but not even a lot. By the time kids turn two, they should have about 50 words in their vocabulary.
The lady who did his evaluation wants him to come in twice a week once everything gets finalized. I’m so glad that we were right, and not just being crazy parents. I’m so glad we worried enough to get him checked out instead of ignoring it. She said it seems like we’ve been doing everything right, which makes me feel a lot better, even though I still worry that somehow it’s my fault, since I’m the one who’s home with him most of the time. Hopefully, if (when? when!) he makes some progress, I might stop feeling like this.
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