Baby steps

After finding out last week that the toddler failed a hearing test — and has a minor hearing loss — I’ve been thinking about his hearing and speech OFTEN (to put it mildly).

I have noticed that two words are really improving, though. Over the last two weeks, he’s been saying “Yeah!” a lot more when I ask him a question.

“Do you want some juice?”
“Yeah!”

“Are you hungry?”
“Yeah!”

He used to say “Yetthhhh” sometimes, but his “Yeah!” is very peppy and clear. It’s so blissfully normal that I feel VERY happy whenever he says it.

His other improvement is trying (very hard) to say “more.” He’s only EVER just signed “more,” but over the last week he’s been saying “Mo” when he signs it!

It doesn’t sound like much, but it’s really a huge step for him. His little face puckers into an exaggerated “O” shape and he puts his fingertips together and pipes up, “Mo!”

He has also dropped several words, though, so here is his current list:

  • Yeah
  • Yeth (yes)
  • Mo (more)
  • Pulllpull (purple)
  • Ah-pullll (apple)
  • Uhhhh (uh-oh)
  • Allllldddun (all done)
  • Ahhhhhhhhp (up)

It’s disappointing that he seems to have stopped saying his two two-syllable words (apple and purple), but at least we’ve added two (more and yeah).

I’ve started signing more since the appointment last week, and he’s responded by signing even more, too. He confused the heck out of the playground coordinators when he started signing “water” — they thought he was shushing someone!

He’ll be seeing his family doctor on Friday, so I’m hoping a referral to an ENT (Ear Nose Throat) doctor is in the cards. In the meantime, we’ll just keep signing, and trying to encourage as many spoken words as we can.

So what do you think?

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