Thursday, October 2, 2008
Ian had his first speech appointment yesterday. I was a bit worried, considering how shy our little guy is. The doctor pretty much asked us questions to determine where he is on two levels: comprehension and production of language. Ian understands at the 12-14 month level. Yay! The doctor was very pleased with his understanding. She made me feel like a good mom, saying it was so good that I read to Ian every night. I've never felt like a bad mother, but it felt nice to hear such positive words from someone who works with cleft children professionally. On the other hand, Ian can speak at the 8-9 month level. He has not yet spoken his official "first word", although he's been saying ma-ma for months. He hasn't completely associated ma-ma with the person. The doctor did not seem concerned with this, considering Ian has only had a "full" palate for 2 months. Overall, it was a good visit. We go back in April to have a more thorough assessment. We will be able to determine what else needs to happen since he will have more verbal language by then. Until then we will be stressing words with "p", "b", and "d". Wish us luck!