Saturday, January 4, 2014

New Year

Hello 2014! Back to work and the day to day grind. I hate that my first post for the year is a downer, but this is my space to write about the good days...and the bad. That's how life is. I guess I should start back to a several months ago. Easton didn't seem to be saying as many words as other kids his age at that point. We thought maybe he is just a "late talker" 1. Overall boys tend to start talking later than girls. 2. He is not in daycare and 3. He doesn't have older siblings. A little more time went by and we were concerned. I went ahead and starting the process to get him into speech therapy. I would rather be wrong and not need it rather than continue to wait and him get behind. 

Well, the process to get going took a couple months and we finally started his sessions in December after going through other testing he had to do. Those tests showed that he was above average in every area (motor skills, problem solving, etc. but was obviously low in the communication score) At this point he only has 3 words (mama, dada and bye bye) He attempts to talk all the time and is luckily able to let us know what he is wanting or needing by his non-verbals. He will push us over to the pantry and point to a snack and sign please while saying (pa) 

So...the other day at speech the therapist said that she was a little concerned by the fact that he may be showing signs of speech apraxia. This is a neurological disorder where the child understands everything you are saying, knows what they need to say back, but the signal from the brain to the mouth is not what it needs to be to allow their mouth to form the words. We pray that this is not what he has. This would mean many years of very intense speech therapy and a rough road ahead. I feel so bad for Easton when he does his speech...he tries SO hard to talk to us and his mouth and face are moving with so much focus but he can't get it out. 

The couple things that had her worried were: The fact that he is so smart as far as understanding what we are saying. He has done several tests to show that he knows what you are saying, will point out all of his letters and numbers, etc. But can't give anything back. She said if he was not understanding as much as he was then maybe it was just an overall delay, but he knows so much. Also, the fact that he continues to go to "ah ba" For example, when he is babbling it is always "ah ba ah bah" Even when we tried some exercises the other night of what does a cow say and really showing him our mouths going "mmmmmoooooo" He would open his mouth really wide and "ah ba" came out. 

Needless to say, the year is off to a stressful start after hearing the potential problem. We have cried a lot and have been working that much harder with Easton to have him watch our mouths make sounds, putting a mirror in front of us and moving our mouths around to try and have him imitate us. One thing that the therapist is so amazed by is the fact that he shows no frustration. She said you can tell he is walking around like, "Life is good and everybody loves me" :) He is such a sweet little boy and I will just keep praying and know that everything will be just fine. 

Sorry so long, I debated writing about it all but want to write about it so that I can look back for Easton's benefit to know what he was doing when. Last night we went to Easton's pediatrician's house for dinner. We knew them long before we started using her as our doctor, and they have become friends. She made me feel so much better about everything. When we were eating dinner we were making Easton ask for his water and yesterday he added "wawa" to his vocabulary. So, after he would say "wawa" we were all excited and clapped for him. They have 3 college/high school aged kids that were eating too and Easton pointed to the one that wasn't clapping. He will call you out if you don't clap when he does something good :) It cracks us up. 

Now to end on a happy note. Today was GORGEOUS. We went to the park and had a great day together as a family. ♥ Happy Saturday! xoxo

  




8 comments:

  1. Oh Rach, this is so scary. I can't imagine how you're feeling right now. The good news is you guys are being super proactive about this and I know that you'll do everything you can to give him the best leg up on meeting any challenges that are thrown his way. He is such an adorable kid, and he IS so smart. What a blessing he is. Let me know if there's anything I can do. I'm always here if you need to vent.

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    1. Thanks Josey! This really means a lot.

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  2. Oh Rachel, so sorry you guys are having to deal with all of this speech stuff with Easton. I know how stressful that can be, we were really worried about Aiden's speech recently as well. I agree, girls seem to pick up and speak so much clearly and quickly than boys in many cases. The two little girls I watch (both younger than Aiden) speak in beautiful sentences, while Aiden still calls motorcycles "buck-a-buckas!" He is NOT a clear speaker at all (no one but us can understand him), and is still only saying 2 word phrases most of the time. It's SO stressful as a parent, and you can't help but worry about it. :(
    I think that now that Easton's working with a speech therapist, he will catch on really quickly! That's amazing that he added a new word to his vocabulary already, and that he isn't showing signs of frustration! Your pediatrician is terrific for making you feel better about everything. Stay positive! It's so important to find people to talk to about this that can support and help you. Easton is just the sweetest, and I've enjoyed "watching" him grow up the past couple years. You and Drake are excellent parents and I know you will do whatever you can to help your sweet boy. I'll be praying for you guys, it's going to be ok. HUGS!

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    1. Please update us on your blog about his progress too. :-) We are rootin' for you Easton!!!! GO get 'em!

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    2. Oh I will! I'm sure to the point that some people will get annoyed haha But this is such a good spot to write it all down to document and look back on to see his progress. He has speech every Wednesday at 4:30 now, so whenever anything changes I will let y'all know. Thanks for the support!

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  3. Good for you for catching it and reacting so quickly! You guys are great parents to E and I imagine the best thing you can do is work with him and support him! Thank goodness he has such a sweet disposition and he doesn't get crazy frustrated. You guys will get through this, thinking of you!

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  4. Im jumping in too by saying we were worried about chloes speech also. Its scary to think there might be an issue but its so much better to get them the help if they need it! I know shes still not wherw other kids her age are but little by little we start to notice improvements. Well all be rooting for you and E as he begins his therapy!

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Thanks for commenting :) You are awesome!