For those of you who know me, or have spent any significant amount of time with Jacob, you know that at nearly 4 years old, he is still pretty much non-verbal. No seriously. Not a word. Barely a syllable. Or a SOUND.
For a child who is at, or above age in nearly every other aspect of his development, his speech has been the bane of my existence.
Now, don't get me wrong. The boy communicates JUST FINE. He just doesn't talk. He nods and shakes his head for yes and no, uses several dozen signs, grunts or screams when he wants my attention - depending on where in the house he is in relation to me, and he will come, grab my hand, and direct me to anything he wants - pointing to the offending object.
But me, being the crazy stickler that I am, insist on wanting him to talk. I understand how important speech is to his development, and his ability to communicate with the general public as he grows. In my book, stubbornness and laziness are not a good enough reason not to talk.
I have worked tirelessly with the therapists over Jake's little lifetime to get the boy to say..Link to Blog post The Holy Grail of Therapy - Gemiini.org