The kids have been saying words since….well, I can’t even remember, it’s been that long. It’s been so fun to see and hear them adding words and then phases and sentences.
Joshua has always been a chatter box and he had a major language boom in the 18-24 month range.
Sophia has always consistently been adding words to her vocabulary, but it has come slower. To be honest, it’s been really hard NOT to compare! Why doesn’t she know as many words as Joshua? Why is his articulation more clear than Sophia’s? You get the idea.
The one thing that we never wondered about was if she was “smart” or not. That petite little thing has been able to identify all the letters (in random order) and numbers since around 18 months…not to mention she has great receptive language.
As a mama I just wanted to be sure that we were doing all we could to help her grow in this area…and yes, I know I often compared her to her twin brother, but I wanted to be sure that she wasn’t compared by others. That was one of my biggest fears!
We had a few evaluations done (one through the early intervention program for our area and one private evaluation) and both times she scored right at her age level and didn’t qualify for any services.
It’s hard not to worry about your kids but I just had to learn that speech and language was one of Joshua’s strengths and that he was probably “ahead of the game” in this area…rather than assuming Sophia was behind.
One thing we have noticed, however is that because Joshua loves to talk, he often talks for her and/or answers a question before she even gets the chance to say something. Plus Sophia is extremely laid back and super “go with the flow” (one of her major strengths….and not one of Joshua’s) so she was ok with him talking for her.
Long story short, a little after her second birthday (maybe this fall) she started having a language boom! She is still more soft spoken than Joshua but wow, all the sudden we started hearing tons of new words and phrases and sentences! It has been a blast hearing her sweet little voice more and knowing what she’s thinking about!
We had the chance to enroll her in a speech class, and while I don’t think she NEEDS it, I am sooooo excited about it for her! It’s two teachers and one other girl. Sophia is definitely the leader in the group and she is absolutely thrilled to go to class each week! She giggles and runs back with the teachers, she sits patiently and listens quietly. She answers questions readily and generally has a really fantastic time. While I love the kids doing activities together, I am so thankful that Sophia has this special time to shine!
It’s only a six week class but it’s been a neat to see so far (I can view and hear the class from a separate room)…
Joshua, naturally, has been a little sad that he doesn’t get to go to the class, but that lucky boy has gotten to spend time with Grandpa V one week, and he came with us one week and got to play with a gigantic box of cars.
So thankful for the continued progress we see in both kids! It’s so fun to hear their thoughts and have real conversations with them!