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...And I've thought so for awhile but wasn't sure.
The thing is, she doesn't speak. I mean she speaks gibberish all the time, but her language is so far behind all of the other kids her age that I am very worried. My in-laws brought up their concern in September and I took her in to our family practice doc. The doc said she thought V was fine--just a little behind. Part of me thinks so, too, but the other part just knows that all is not well.
She doesn't startle. If a balloon pops, V will hardly blink. If you are behind her and say her name she often doesn't respond. She doesn't speak real words very often and when she does they are hard--very hard--to understand. She certainly doesn't speak in two-word sentences except for phrases that are generally said together ("Hi daddy" or "Thank you"). She doesn't pronounce the ends of words, though she will often get the first sound correct...then again, that is only for certain sounds.
I took her into urgent care last month because of a rash she had. They told me her rash was fine but that she needed speech therapy. I was pissed because that wasn't what I came in for...the lady who saw her said that by the age of three a child should be mostly understood by anyone. Violet isn't even near that stage and she is over 2 1/2. ( 2 years, 8 months)
It's not like I haven't questioned whether or not she has a delay or a hearing loss. I've done internet research and she meets about half of the hearing loss signs. It's just that she really seems to hear things some times--good old selective hearing. Sometimes she hears just fine. I don't know....
My friend Ingrid wrote to me something that her dd Simi said recently--something about Simi saying another boy pees out of his weiner (they are 1 week apart in age). Of course I laughed--how funny--but then it hit me. Violet does not express things like that. Is she thinking these things but can't say them? Or is she just not thinking them yet? Other kids seem leaps and bounds ahead. V's best friend at daycare (named Violet) told me she wanted to come to our house and play and that she liked the new baby Zoe. Violet just points and says "Baby!" The other Violet is nearly six months younger than V.
V's daycare provider expressed concern today over V's speech. She said everything I've been thinking. Then I talked to my aunt who is a nurse and who was just over at our house meeting Zoe. She said the same thing to me.
I am so scared. I know that just knowing what is up means we can do somethign about it. Knowledge is power, right? Then why is this so scary?
I am calling the doc tomorrow and hopefully they can get her in. I will demand that her hearing is evaluated and that she sees a speech pathologist.
Keep us in your thoughts, please. I'll keep you updated.
Thanks for listening.