Hi, welcome to our first blog. Today, J had his first appointment with the speech and language therapist. He has expressive language delay. First, let me introduce J…J is our first child, and is now 21 months old. He is a big bundle of energy, and reason for my grey hairs. J was a much wanted baby and I had so many ideas of what motherhood would be like. I can safely say that most of these ideas have not gone according to plan (most for the better).
J was a poorly baby. He was jaundice at birth and had light therapy at a few days old. He was diagnosed as an atopic baby (allergies, asthma and eczema that all play off each other) and Plagiocephaly. However he was generally a happy baby and progressing well. He was actually quite a chatterbox (baby babble and a few baby words).
Then around 9 months J seemed to just stop. He went silent (apart from crying and laughing). Looking back, the only ‘event’ that seemed to have happened around that time was the start of ‘non-epileptic paradoxical episodes’. It may be coincidence, it might mean something – at this stage we don’t know.
Anyway, I was told by everyone from health visitor to family and friends that the speech and sounds would come when he was ready. Let me tell you that is so frustrating when your child was doing all those things. J didn’t wave, didn’t point, didn’t talk, didn’t babble. He communicated a lot with his eyes and facial expressions.
We started to use Makaton signing, flash cards, making animal and car sounds when playing etc. J began to sign a few signs and by about 1 and half J was communicating non-verbally (the day he first waved to me when I left from work will always be one of my favourite memories). J will point to things when asked or when he’s interested and will pull us over to things he wants help with.
But J still won’t talk. He has regained some babbling (dadada and bu sounds) which he will do loudly and proudly when he feels like it. So, after 7 months of assessments and home visits from the Health Visitor we were referred to speech and language team.
So, that takes us to today. I’ll write more about the appointment in my next blog so please check back. Thank you for reading and joining us in this road 🙂