Back in October I wrote about encouraging speech and language and how a teacher suggested I should encourage verbal communication by ignoring S. Her method didn’t really sit with me and I decided to wait it out. He’s a bright child and could comprehend everything I was saying to him, I knew he’d eventually speak, he just needed to do it in his own time.
In February this year he had his 2 year check and the health visitor suggested we see a speech and language therapist because he didn’t have as many words as he should have at 2 years old. I wasn’t too worried about his speech but it was when she mentioned his lack of speech could affect his behaviour if he got frustrated, that I decided to go along for the assessment. I could see he really wanted to communicate and would babble in his own language but there were a few times even I couldn’t understand him.
It’s ironic because in the 10 days prior to his assessment, he suddenly started picking up new words and in the 10 days post his assessment, it’s like he went to bed and woke up with a whole bunch of new words every day.
This morning we were counting coins and he can count 1-10 as well as lots of new words he was struggling with before. His favourite now being “nani” (maternal grandmother) and “money”.
It’s the most amazing feeling to see things click in to place with your child and now that he’s finally ready, the words are coming much more easily for him.
Kids just say the cutest things!! A few days ago my newphew Z wasn’t feeling very well and he was clingy and whimpering and my cousin was at her wits end. So I asked her to pass him the phone when I was talking to her and this is the conversation that followed (he’s 2 and a half):
Me: Hi Z
Z: Hi Massi
Me: I heard you’re not feeling well?
Z: I no feeling well
Me: And you just want to be with mummy?
Me: Okay, you stay with mummy and watch peppa pig but no crying okay.
Z: Okay Massi.
Me: Good, I love you.
Z: I love you *my heart melted*
And apparently he had a smile on his face the whole time!!
I look forward to lots of cute conversations with S. His vocabulary has taken a sudden leap this week and all I want to do is kiss him because he sounds so damn adorable! 🙂
I’ve always enjoyed reading and it’s something I’ve always wanted S to enjoy too. It builds your vocabulary, improves your conversational skills and of course has the ability to transport you to another world (depending on what you’re reading). It also builds your imagination and I’d like to believe makes you a better writer (gets those creative juices going!).
When I was a child I read to my hearts content. First it was books like Mr. Pink Whistle and all the Enid Blyton books. As I approached 11-13, it was Sweet Valley High, Goosebumps and any of the RL Stein books. From 13-20 I loved Sidney Sheldon, Marian Keyes, Sheila O’Flanagan, Cathy Kelly and Cecilia Ahern (I went to school in Dublin, that might explain it). Since then I’ll read anything that catches my fancy. Self help (Mitch Albom, Deepak Chopra and Brian Weiss), page turners (Jodi Picoult, Dan Brown, Chetan Bhagat) and then easy to read feel good books which could be by any author.
I started reading to S every night from the age of 6 months. He may not have understood it but he liked looking at the pictures and now he can hold a book the right way and loves flicking through the pages and pointing to the things he knows. His favourite is The Gruffalo. In honour of world book day, his nursery asked the parents to dress the kids up as their favourite characters. His class did it yesterday and S went in Gruffalo theme.
The teacher at his nursery also tells me he loves Maisy. We do have one Maisy book at home but we’re off to the library this weekend to get some more.
What book are you reading at the moment? I just started Philomena by Martin Sixsmith.