Monday, October 22, 2007

Speech Delay:1, Stubborn Will:2+

So, Bubbles (still have not been able to re-blog-name him, though pustablume and superT-t-for testosterone -come to mind...) has a speech delay.
[Bubbles.....has....a....speech....de-lay.....]

This may be because I let him watch too much Pingu, and he thinks of himself as a sassy claymation penguin who chatters wildly in...Pinguish. It may be becauseI have also failed him in the iron department, meaning; I have allowed him too much milk and not force-fed him enough food. The boy loves milk. So, umm, it is obvious I am a lame mother because I did not know that, urrr.... apparently that causes iron deficiency, this love of too much milk. But wait, don't judge me - we have vitamins! And! His speech delay may also be a casualty. As in, "Ms. Gwendomama, I assure you that we are taking your concern seriously. But about 80% of the phone calls we get here at [early intervention program] are from parents reporting a speech delay in their two year old boys." (WAY)More on that conversation later.

Dh and I have experimented with many alternatives to get and/or allow him to use language to communicate. I use basic signing with him, but he prefers to gesture. We ask him to use what I call 'caveboy' - "I know you want to jump on the trampoline again! Stop screaming! Please! Just say 'MORE! JUMP!'...sayit! say 'MORE! JUMP!'...you can do it! MORE!! JUMP!!" - while I wildly sign more, and jump.
And do you know what he does? Does he ask for more? Does he ask for jump? No.
He does not. He looks at the trampoline, back at me, and then says, "NONONONOnononono" as he hurtles himself to the floor. Mad as hell that I would demand something from him. Like a circus animal.
As if.

Anyway, guess what he figured out how to do? CLIMB UP ON THE DAMN TRAMPOLINE HIMSELF, is what.

8 comments:

nailgirl said...

Hey if you dont mind me putting my two cents in...... Cameron is speech delayed too. I like to think that it is because he has three older siblings or because of his cleft palet issues. Whatever the reason Alta California Regional Center is involved. He has bi weekly physical therapy, and occupational therapy, and now speech and language is getting involved. He is only 16 months but only says like 5 words. Have you thought about calling them????

Boss of Seattle said...

Bubbles has the world's second most chattery mom (Frankie gets the first place). Why should he talk? I would ride that golden wave as long as possible if I were him...

Green Kitchen said...

My 16-month-old doesn't say much, but communicates plenty. I'm not really worried. Should I? He does a combo of a few simple signs, a few made up signs, and a few "words" that all sound about the same. Although, he did say, "Num, num, num, hot dog, num num," a few months back when I let him have his first hot dog. I think he's just waiting.

mamadaisy said...

mine doesn't have a speech delay (so please throw this out the window) but he is almost two, meaning he gets hysterical often. i find that the "do you want up? say UP" technique works with him only when his need is moderate and not severe. If it he means he needs something in all caps, no amount of encouragement will get him to use the word instead of screaming and grunting.

so bubbles might not be too far off the norm...

Suki said...

My husband, who is now very articulate, was speech delayed too. Heck, he had an older sister who either knew what he wanted or could decifer his "language"- why mess with a good thing?:)

Melissa said...

Hi, Thanks for visiting! Did you ever read a Wrinkle in Time? Maybe he's like Charles Wallace...? The fact that he can climb a trampoline all by himself tells me he's got his act together. Take care!

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