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First “words”

There is nothing more exciting, as a parent of a child with a hearing loss, to hear their first words. With sweet tot R, we get the amazing privilege of hearing and seeing her words as she develops language.

R has been babbling and speaking Mamma and Dadda for a few months now, but at 13 months, her oral language and ASL are growing. The utterance of the spoken language on her lips, melts my heart every time. Putting those hearing aids back in for the hundredth time in a day, not so much.

R loves our cat, and enjoys repeating “deh-yah” for our cat Bella. Bella even has a keen liking to her, much more than to big sister, A. When changing her diaper, there is a butterfly hanging above, and I would say “butterfly” orally and sometimes in ASL, to help redirect her to sit still for changes, she recently has begun to orally mimic it as  “buhbuhy” and is sweet kisses to my ears.

She was stubborn on ASL for a while, just watching the signs (of novice signer, Mommy), with a smug look on her face. Now, she is excited to sign, “ball”, “hat”, “milk”, “more”, “eat”, “water”, and “want”. Her favorite, is “hat”, she loves hats! So, if you make fun hats, I’m sure she would love to wear it.

 

We have officially begun ASL as a second language, as a family. We are very excited to begin this journey to have alternative communication with our children, and to help when there is struggle with relaying orally. I have a head start on daddy as I have had more exposure and am a tactile/hands on learner, but he will do great, and as a family, we will succeed! We can also thank Rachel Coleman of Signing Time for bringing ASL signs into our home. It is an amazing series, that we have been blessed to receive as a gift from a family member, and I cannot give enough praise on how wonderful it is as a tool for families of all children with any ability or disability. It provides opportunities for children to learn and to sign as a form of communication, with or without speech delays. It has even helped Miss A, learn all the colors of the rainbow by 2.5 years of age!

What were the first words spoken or signed by your child? So beautiful, isn’t it, until they don’t stop talking? 😉

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We Start Speech Therapy

It is a mother’s job to worry right? I always worry that somewhere, something will be missed. Something will cause a roadblock for the girl’s and their ability to succeed; succeed being a very loose term in this context. Something, that, will point at me, as not succeeding as a mother. 

I am very pro-active, but I am still learning, and don’t want my lack of understanding or knowledge to get in the way of helping the girls adapt into the world around them. I wish, just for a day, I could hear in their world, to grasp their experience. I will never fully understand, but I will always try! I will always support them! I will always do everything I can, to make sure they have everything they need, from people who are trained to give them the best, outside of mommy!  

We live in a very oral world, and they need to be equip to function as best as possible. One of the support systems that is in place, is speech therapy. 

 

‘A’ had her initial speech therapy session a week ago. She has established a wonderful relationship with the speech therapist! The best part is, A never realized so much, that she was being evaluated. The speech therapist came into the home, and used A’s natural environment to communicate. Sharing a book, playing games, building with blocks – all which were throughly enjoyed! 

The results, A’s language development is above average. She has an above average vocabulary and sentence structure and most of her enunciations, were on target if not above average. So, now I know that her language development is appropriate (and even advanced) for a 2.5 year old, I can rest a bit at ease. I have always known she is advanced with her amazing knowledge and fast learning abilities, knowing things that are taught in Pre-K and Kindergarten, but I was always unsure with the speech and language, especially having a loss and not being aided until a few months ago.  

So, what is speech going to do for us. Well, thankfully they are not going to close the book! The speech therapist will continue to be engaged in A’s speech and language development and making sure that she maintains, provide feedback for her audiologist to know her hearing aids and/or level of loss are not changing, and working on volume level!