Kayla, Life

Speechless but not for long

Speech therapy in our home is road that we have travelled down before. Our daughter Nannah (10) had problems with others understanding her so out of frustration she would not talk at school when she started K-4. Luckily Nannah’s teacher noticed the problem and got her set up for testing for speech therapy. We were able to find out that as a result of Nannah’s numerous ear infections as a baby, she heard words differently. So of course she pronounced her words according to how she heard them. The speech therapy classes she attended totally changed Nannah. She went from a shy and self conscience child to a well rounded and very outspoken child.

We have come to find out recently that K.K. also needs speech therapy. See, K.K. does not talk around those she is not comfortable with. This includes family members that she does not see on a regular basis and her friends and teacher at school. My little princess has been this way since she has been on this earth. She has no problem speaking around her siblings and my husband and I. When she started K-4 we thought that K.K. just had to get used to be in a school type environment and she would eventually start talking. Unfortunately she did not. The issue of not talking became more of a concern when she started Kindergarten this year and still would not talk. She did take a few steps forward because she started whispering to a few classmates and her teacher. But K.K. would not talk so that she could be heard clearly. I became scared that the school would think that since she did not talk she was not learning anything. I did not want that to be the case especially since from the time she gets home until she goes to sleep she talks nonstop!! She counts and spells and even has started sounding out words so I know she is taking everything in. I came up with the idea to video tape K.K. just talking around the house with and I took it up to the school. The speech teacher watched the video and heard some problems in Kayla’s speech. It turns out that K.K. has a severe phonological speech disorder. I am glad we were able to find out what the problem is because now we can work on fixing it. I just hate the fact that school is only in session for about another month. I feel so bad because I feel I should have caught this. I just didn’t see it. As a mom I was just able to understand her even when she did not pronounce words correctly. I don’t see how I missed it. Well tonight was the beginning of homework from speech class. We worked on the K sound and she did good. I could see the pride she was feeling when I told her how good she was doing. I am so glad we have a plan of action now.

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