Posted 11-13-2012 at 09:44 AM by Krista
My oldest daughter has been in speech therapy for three weeks. Both of my girls have delayed speech issues, and both are in therapy, but only my oldest goes every week. Though it is common to be seen only once a week, because her problems with enunciation are so pronounced, she goes twice.
I have been very stressed about this entire process. I am a big talker, when I became pregnant one of the things I first dreamt about was the day I would be able to have a conversation with my daughter. I didn’t care if we talked about princesses or pirates as long as we cold talk. It’s hard having two daughters that have problems communicating because of the frustration it causes on both parties. There are a lot of tears that have been shed due to lack of understanding.
There has been guilt, too, guilt that I feel as their mother. I am a stay at home mom, I adore the English language and have always excelled at it. Not one of my children but two have speech problems. What does that say about me, as their mother? After talking to other moms at the clinic I discover that I am not alone. Another mom expressed that she worried she had allowed her daughter to watch too much television, thereby causing speech problems.
Even though I have been warned several times that this is a long process that could take years I am relieved to say we are already seeing progress. My daughter’s primary issue is enunciation, and while I am only seeing mild improvement in that area, she has improved by leaps and bounds overall. Her vocabulary has broadened so that even her dad, who typically has to look to me for translation, has been ale to understand her better. We still have our moments, but overall I am seeing positive changes. That’s all a mom can ask for at the end of the day.
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