Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Starting to Talk

Since my firstborn child refused to utter a single word until he was a full 2 years old, it seems amazing that my little one is already starting to talk! Talk about the power of early intervention- my hard of hearing little boy is talking a full year earlier than his hearing brother did. Nolan says two words consistently: "uh" for uh-oh, and "dah!" for ball. We have no "b" sounds at the moment, so "dah" is as close as we'll get for the time being. He asked for the ball several times today during speech therapy, to which I remarked:

"Isn't this kind of early for speech?"

Our speech therapist smiled and reminded me that average kids have a few words by one year. True, I know, but I wasn't really expecting anything for another year or so with Matthew's delayed speech. It looks like Nolan is going to fall in the normal range for speech development, which is cause for great relief (a 2 year old with no communication skills is a very frustrating situation- trust me)!

We are also doing some sign language with him (he signs "more" and "ball" in addition to his spoken words). It is a lot of fun to see how fast their brains grow at this age.


Drew's Mom said...

Awesome! Before long he'll have a list of words so long you won't be able to keep track.

Way to go Nolan!

tammy said...

Music to the ears! I can't wait for this day! Way to go Nolan!

Anonymous said...

It's amazing to witness after having an apraxic child, I'm sure of that! I am always blown away by Ethan's little friends who are much younger and who speak in sentences. Great job Nolan!

Ambulance Mommy said...

I can't thank you enough for your comment on my blog. I was feeling so lost, and not sure where to turn to get resources for other parents going through a hearing loss diagnosis for their child. What a pleasure to find your blog, and all the resources you list on the side! The other real joy is in finding another parent who is going through it with me. We feel so alone in all this, and its so great to have someone who has been there before!! THANKS!!!!!!! :)

And CONGRATS on the words! That is awesome!!!!!!!

Julie said...

Yea Nolan! I tried to keep a list, by week, for awhile. It's encouraging to look back and see the progress. And count the sign-words too!

Laurie said...

Hurray for Nolan! That is awesome! I know you are thrilled!

When I wasn't talking by age 2, my parents discovered my hearing loss, thus beginning my journey to sound. I love reading blogs written by parents with deaf & hard of hearing children because it gives me a glimpse of what my parents possibly went through in the late 1950's/early 60's.

Laurie in TN

kkohler said...

That is amazing!! Children never sieze to amaze me! Way to go Nolan, and of course, way to go Mom and Dad!

I am Trish Marie said...

That is amazing! Emmi is talking up a storm now. It is hard to imaine back to when she could only say a word or two, but really it wasn't that long ago. Just imagine what the next few months have in store for you!!