Saturday, April 14, 2007

Words ... The Lack Thereof

It was Kayden's 18th mth check up yesterday.

And he went through most of the items and tests really well.
Until, the nurse asked abt the number of words he's spoken. And I said, "FOUR"

She paused for a second [not a good sign] and then replied, "Well @ this stage, he should have 5-10 words in his vocabulary."

Not good.

She then suggested the following methods to coax him into talking more.

"Have you tried reading to him?"
Ummm yes. Two to Four Books a day.

"Have you tried talking to him?"
Hmmm yah. I converse with him all day long and he would reply in body language or baby talk.

"Or maybe sing to him?"
Definitely. We sing songs most of the the time during the day and he would dance and clap.

Having said all that, she then replied. "It's ok. We'll see how he goes in the next two months. He seems fine for everything else."

On a side note, the boy just gave a short shriek when he had his chickenpox vaccine injected into his arm. I sure thought it was going to be a lot worse.

Aiyah! I sure hope his learning curve is the steep kind where something would just click inside his lil head and he would start rambling on all at once.

I guess it's time to start drilling words into his head. Heck! I've got to the point where I spent the earlier part of today researching online. And there are similar cases and most are boys. (whose learning curve is slower than baby gals.) So I guess it's ok to be like that for now.

But most importantly he's still a happy and social child so it's still good @ this stage.

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