This past month we have seen an explosion of speech for Lily. She is saying new words daily, and some of them are pretty complex - words with blended consonant sounds, or two syllables that aren't duplicated (like Starbucks, Noah, Mickey Mouse). It's amazing to me that one day she could be struggling to imitate something I say, and the next she is talking up a storm. She's said several three word sentences, like "Mama, cheerios please" and she's answering questions now - something we worked so hard on during speech therapy last spring. Typically when I used to ask her something like "what do you want?" she would repeat the last word to me as an answer. If I said, "do you want cheerios or baba (milk)?" she would answer baba, even if she wanted cheerios, because it was the last word I said. Now she answers vague questions, like "what do you want?" and she gives her own answers independently. Pretty sweet !
Here's just a little snippet of Lily talking - we love how she can say her own name so clearly :)
If you're a parent of a child with Down syndrome, you know how exciting it is to witness your child begin to speak...it's like watching a little miracle happen right before your eyes.
I'd love to hear feedback in the comment section - at what age did your child with Ds begin to speak ? Do you feel speech therapy played a big or little role in your child's speech development ? If you had to do it all over again, what might you do differently ? Please comment, and I'll include your answers in a post later this week.
Happy Thursday !!