It’s great when you hear someone else saying something lovely about your child. Obviously family say it all the time, but we’re biased, so it’s nice to hear it from someone else.
We’ve had the worry about N having slight tongue tie, and needless to say we’re still waiting on a date (rubbish system that our local hospital’s ENT department doesn’t offer online booking, and seems to do their own system waiting til the last minute to send out dates, rather than sending them out 2 weeks after you’ve called the appointment line. But that’s another story!). This means that he’s not been assessed other than by a doctor having a look in his mouth, so I really have no idea how his speech is getting on compared to how it should be sounding by now.
I can obviously understand most things he says, as can the rest of the family as it’s usually in context. His sentences are really coming on, and the speech itself does seem to be getting clearer. It helps that he’s now copying sentences we say like a parrot whereas earlier on, he would just jabber whatever he wanted.
He does still miss consonants off the start of some words – nappy is ‘appy’, but when I get him to repeat it, he’ll say it perfectly. So he can say words a lot clearer than he does in everyday conversation.
What was great was that his key worker (who’d been away for a bit) said yesterday that she’d noticed how well his speech was coming on, that it was much clearer, and he was speaking in more sentences. She asked whether we were doing anything in particular with his speech.
“No, just reading to him, having conversations, nothing different”. She was surprised that it was improving so quickly, and maybe the constant chattering was loosening his tongue and enabling the clarity.
She’d also noticed that it seemed to be helping his confidence in playing more with the other children, as it seemed that they were understanding what he was saying a lot better.
I’m so pleased at how he’s doing. Hopefully, give it a month and by the time we eventually get an appointment to discuss his tongue tie, he’ll be doing so well, there’ll be no need for any treatment. Mind you, if that happens, I’ll probably get told off by the hospital for wasting their time.
Did you have a proud moment where something your toddler was doing just clicked?