Use Your Words
For months I’ve had concerns about Cakes’ speech. I’ve been sweeping them aside, saying she’s just busy doing other thing (her gross motor skills are incredible) and not wanting to be a hyper-vigilant worrywart who’s constantly comparing her child to other children her age (it’s so hard not to do this, isn’t it!) I’ve had the number to call for an assessment for weeks, but have been putting it off, but Mrs. Chicky inspired me to finally make the call.
She is talking, though not nearly as much as her peers. She doesn’t say a lot of common words, like no or mommy (she calls me buddy) and rarely uses pronouns, descriptive words, or phrases. She babbles a lot, but little is understandable.
My doctor wasn’t concerned and suggested we take a few months and try to encourage her by forcing her to ask for things instead of instantly responding to her gestures (we always know what she wants, so she rarely has to ask). But I didn’t want to wait that long—-and it’s a good thing I finally did make the call: the waitlist for an assessment is 6 months. Isn’t that pathetic? In Mass, Mrs. Chicky is having a team visit her home within two weeks of the phone call!
Though I honestly believe she’s just a late talker, I want to rule out the possibility of a problem--looks like it will take six months to do so.
Will keep you posted.