We all know that we’re not supposed to compare our kids to others. But, I think most of us would be lying if we said that we didn’t do this. In the past few months, I have noticed that when I compare Macy’s speech to other kids her age that she seems to be behind. I also noticed that when I look at the book “What to Expect During the Toddler Years“, she meets all of the milestones except for the ones relating to language. With this in mind, we decided to look into her speech development a little more and today we had her evaluated by a speech therapist that works with Early Intervention. This is a free program that assesses children ages 0-5 years in many developmental areas. The outcome of the evaluation today- Macy tested at or above in all categories except language. Her receptive language and articulation skills tested at an 18 month level.
I was actually happy that she tested this low, because that qualifies her for free services. A speech therapist will come to our house once a week to work with her and give us some helpful hints on how to improve her language skills. They will continue coming as long as we want them to, and when we are satisfied with her progress, we can choose to discontinue services. I think that Blake was a little hesitant to begin this process, because it’s hard to admit that your child may have a problem or isn’t perfect. But, when he considered that getting her the help she needs will help everyone in the family cut down on frustration related to communication problems, he was on board to having Macy evaluated.