Has anyone gone through this? I need some coping measures/strategies/reassurance.
DD's speech has always been really understandable in that she spoke a lot, fast, and articulated. She skipped the phase where toddlers sound like cavemen. Her rhythm and fluency just started out near adult-like.
But, lately, it seems DD is putting very little effort into learning how to say new (3 and 4 syllable) words. (Those words she just picks up.) She kind of thinks she can gloss over correct pronunciation and relies on me to understand her by using context. Which is fine. I mean it works. Except, for when she uses these words randomly. And, this happens a lot. Half the time I can follow her logic, but sometimes I end up asking her to repeat something over and over until I can get it. We are both getting frustrated. And, it does not help that she speaks so darn fast all the time.
If I can get her to enunciate, we are fine, but I have yet to get her to circumlocute if she just cannot pronounce the word clearly enough. She will only repeat the word and become offended that I have no idea what she is saying. She gets really frustrated when I guess wrong and just says 'never-mind'. This is killing me, and I am dying to know what I am missing. I know what she has just said is something very profound (it is these random thoughts that usually are.) Things always seem to remind her of things, and she 'sees' things in other objects everywhere.
Also, (a little off topic,) while I know what is in her working vocabulary, others do not. And, it seems no matter how clear DD will say "deciduous," "proboscis," "accidentally," "esophagus," "Antarctica," or "repulsive" it is like their minds cannot go to a place where a two year old would be saying these words. I am constantly surprised by what others miss in DD's speech. It is certainly not helping DD want to speak to people other than me, and that is a problem.
I have been going with the flow, but I am starting to sense some negative effects. This is REALLY a problem.