|My how you have grown|
It's been a while since I've blogged about Jayden's speech progress and overall development. We decided back in November to bump up his therapy sessions, (two speech therapy sessions and one developmental and occupational therapy session a week) in hopes to kick start his speech development as in some ways we felt it was stalling. As part of the new schedule he goes to a class once a week at a building full of inflatables that covers ST and OT. The first time was a complete disaster, as the noise really got to him. I wasn't sure that it would work out. But he has since adapted to the environment and his instructors have seen significant improvement.
Until recently it has been slow, but steady progress for our little guy. His cognitive skills have always been strong, responding to instruction and engaging in activities. But as of the last few weeks we are starting to see signs that he is really turning the corner. Some are obvious, like the frequency he is stringing two words together, (hi mama, hi papa, bye bye mama, bye bye dada, more please, all done) and some may not be as blatant, but are signs he's putting it together. (Most notably direct eye contact when speaking, asking for help, new sounds, and taking initiative by showing me what he is talking about)
Every child will learn and develop differently, and it's so difficult to not go crazy as you wait for visible progress to happen. But I can't tell you how many times people who aren't around for the daily routine will take a second to say how pleasantly surprised they are with Jayden's improving speech and interaction.
It's so easy to miss that as a parent who is at home with his child on a daily basis. I know he is improving, but sometimes it's that outside perspective that really strikes a chord with me. Yes, he IS improving! Yes, it IS only a matter of time before the floodgates open. Yes, I am one excited papa.
Every little step you take, daddy will be there, good buddy. I am so very proud of you!