While I’ve mentioned here and there several times that Jack Henry is speech delayed, I’ve never given the subject its own blog post. Because I finally have a bit of progress to share, today’s the day!
But first, how cute is he?
Last week, he had his second Parents as Teachers visit where the early childhood speech pathologist (SLP) came with our regular Parent Educator (Parents as Teachers is a state-funded program for children birth to 5; all of our kids have been in it and it’s a great resource for parents). Because I have been aware for a long time that Jack Henry’s speech and language production were significantly behind where his brothers were at this point (and because of my background*), I’ve pushed for whatever intervention we can get. He can’t officially qualify for support services until 3, but having the SLP come and give her advice has been really helpful. And obviously, we hope he catches up enough that he doesn’t need services at age 3, but we’ll cross that bridge when we get there.
I’ve noticed progress since last spring when she first visited. While he’s no where near age-appropriate, he’s starting to repeat lots of sounds and words that actually sound like a decent approximation. And in the last week or so, he’s starting to use a few words completely on his own, which is so exciting! He’s saying some names (Mom, Dad, Hayley, Papa, Nana, Luke, Bennett, Jack, Heidi – any bride is you!), hi, bye, dog, poop (I know, but hey, it’s an important word when you’re 2), eat, uh oh, cheese, Elle (after watching this hilarious video multiple times), pizza, hoop, ball, apple, juice…there are more, but I can’t remember right now.
Here’s a quick video of him saying dog (gog) and eat…he doesn’t cooperate on “cheese” but that’s ok. I’ve heard it several times and you’d know what he was saying if you heard him. Seriously, nothing makes me happier than the sound of his little voice right now, knowing how long we’ve been working on this.
*I have a degree in early childhood development, as well as experience working with a child with delays and his SLP