Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Speaking Up

I don't think I've ever mentioned this before on the blog although I know many of you know that Peter is fairly delayed in his speech. He's been going to speech therapy for about a year now, attends pre-school in a language enriched classroom, and we just started occupational therapy for some sensory issues that are definitely related to the speech delay. I'm always amazed at the progress that Peter makes while we are on break. During the two week break from pre-school and speech, Peter finally started doing so many things that we've been working on for such a long time. Things like saying, "Yes." We've been working on that one for about six months. He usually just repeats the last couple words of the question that you asked him if he wants to reply in the affirmative. He also started saying, "I'm coming" and using more I + verb combinations. On his first day back at pre-school he asked one of his teachers, "What's this for?" and as we were pulling into the garage yesterday he said, "Where's daddy?" So, he's finally asking questions too! Hooray for Peter! It's so fun to hear him speaking up! And it's all just in time - I got a note last Sunday at church requesting that Peter say the prayer in the children's group next Sunday. It should be interesting.

Here's a photo Peter took of our Christmas tree last month. He loves to take pictures - usually we get a big shot of his thumb or the carpet, but this one actually turned out looking pretty cool.
And for a crafty/sewing update: I did manage to make a new bag design this past weekend. It still needs a bit of tweaking, but I'll show you the one I made anyway, as soon as I take a picture. I'm a lucky girl and was able to make it out of Sandi's new fabric. She needs to take a picture of it for the Michael Miller website, so as soon as I get it back (which I think will be today), I 'll share.

14 comments:

Sarah and Jack said...

That's great that he is making progress! Go Peter!

Leaking Levee said...

That's great news about Peter. It surely sounds like he is trying hard and all the hard work is paying off.

Missy said...

Oh that makes me so happy! YAY for you all!!!

Christina said...

It's great that he's making such progress. One of my brothers went to a special speech school when he was little. He sort of spoke his own language. Sort of like twin speak - my other brother, who is only 11 months younger than him, was the only one who could understand him. The therapy did him a world of good.

Go Peter!

Sarah said...

That's great! Many years ago I worked for an attorney whose son didn't speak. When I left he was nearly 4 and hadn't said a word. Good luck with the prayer!

randi---i have to say said...

Great news about your little guy! He is a photographer in the making!

Kellie Perkes said...

Yeah Peter! That is great. It's nice to know that my child isn't the only one with a speech delay. It's a monumental moment when they finally start using "yes" and "no".

Pieces said...

That picture is fabulous! He is a talented little boy!

iSew said...

Hooray for Peter! That's great news.
I can't wait for that fabric, it's so pretty! I'm sure the bag is gorgeous.

Natasha said...

Oh I completely understand. Griffin is in speech therapy - twice weekly now which is a big improvement for him as he was doing OT, PT, and speech. It is so hard for me as a parent to watch Griffin struggle in so many areas when things come easily to his sister. I feel liek he is struggling to just "be."

Phoebe said...

I was wondering how he was doing. I am glad to hear it's moving forward!

Kim Sue said...

What the perfect Christmas present!

I'm a speech therapist and work with some really great occupational therapists...kid's sensory processing is a critical role in not only speech-language but so many areas of development. Look forward to hearing many more stories of progress!

Christy said...

Yay Peter! It's so gratifying to see your own child making strides.

kirsten said...

congrats! it is so satisfying when they take those steps, huh?

have you looked into any further diagnoses?