This week, our favourite mummy blogger post is by Jacq from Mymumdom.
Jacq is a mum of 4, kiwi in the uk, visiting vet, terrible cook, reluctant cleaner, enthusiastic dog walker, willing taxi driver, resigned speech therapist, gardener, best mum in the world, skivvy, teacher, scapegoat, nurse, entertainer, worst mum in the world, judge and jury.
AND blogger. Read about some of the funny things our mummy blogger’s youngest son has to say:
Things My Son Says
DS has Verbal Dyspraxia, and his speech is very poor. So when he does say something new, it’s worth a blog post of its own.
He is 3.5 years now and it is becoming more and more obvious that he is different. We get a few odd looks when he is trying to tell me something with his uhs and oohs, but he hasn’t yet realised he is different. He’s very social and will happily go up to a strange child of the same age in the playground and say ‘ Ell-oh’. I’m not sure how long this will last; I’m aware children with VD do become more withdrawn as they get older.
His peers at nursery do treat him differently. They are quite protective of him, and he has a little girlfriend who will speak for him given half a chance. But he is certainly not excluded in any way because of his speech delay, there is always a crowd of children calling his name and waiting for him when he arrives at nursery.
So what can he say? He can say simple words such as yes, no, mummy and daddy, up and off. He hasn’t yet mastered any of the sounds that use the back of the throat, such as the c in cat, g in goat and -ck in back. He’s reluctant to even try, so we are trying various tricks to try and get him to attempt the sounds.
But he’s been having weekly speech therapy for almost a year now and is coming on well. He can make himself understood to us about 90% of time using a combination or words, sounds, signs and pointing.
He likes to count, but it sounds a bit like ‘no, too, ee , or, ih, ix, e’en, ayt, ine, en’. If he slows down, he can can pronounce one ( wun), four (for), five (fife), nine and ten quite well and he can recognise a few letters well too. Aye, Bee, Cee, Dee… And he can pronounce his colours well now too. Red, white and green are especially clear, Boo and Ello not so great.
He marks his syllables well, so often attempts bigger words and longer phrases. Some of the time I have no idea what he is saying and it’s frustrating for both of us. But a lot are quite obvious, even though they are not very clear. ‘Dumbledore’ is a favourite at the moment, along with ‘Just 5 more minutes’. With this last one he holds up his hand showing all 5 little fingers outstretched to illustrate his meaning.
Since hurting his knee a couple of months back, he has perfected the art of clutching at it dramatically and crying ‘My knee hurts’ when he’s unhappy about anything. Less endearing is ‘ En Oh, ells oh’. This is one he learnt off his big sisters and translates as ‘NO spells no!’
At the moment we are still deliberating over schools for next year; The choices are between an excellent mainstream one that his sisters go to but has very little speech provision, and a good school in a worse area with a language unit. We are leaning towards the mainstream school at the moment, but are hoping his speech improves enough over the next 12 months to reassure us that we’ve made the right decision.
But whatever happens, we are very proud of our little boy and feel sure that with a little help he will be able to communicate effectively in the end.