Henry graduated out of Speech Therapy this week.
Helllooooo ladies. Would you like to have a conversation? Maybe even with sentences containing seven to nine words and correctly using -ing and plural? I am totally game.
I don't even know how to talk about his speech delay anymore. Because at this very moment, it is easy to let myself feel like it was never a thing at all. We had questioned pulling him out of speech several times over the last few months, but decided to just let the therapists make the decisions and ride it out until the end. This week was his one year review and he officially tested out, all on his own. The evaluation showed he is right on track, which is exactly where we thought he would be. There were no surprises. His speech feels like a non-issue these days.
And yet...on Wednesday, as I sat in a meeting with his therapist and our case worker and we talked about how far he has come, about how well he is doing, about how smart he is, I was reminded of sitting there with these women a year ago. About the fear and worry that had settled in my heart as we would go through session after session and he would continue to not say a word. Not. A. Word. How I would look at the therapist with fear in my eyes and say "Are you sure... are you sure this is normal? Are you SURE he will EVENTUALLY start talking?"
She said she was sure. And she was right.
You don't realize how important having a child who can communicate with you can be until yours is at the age where you think he should be able to do it, and he isn't. A year ago it was a constant struggle to know what he wanted. Now, we just ask him. It's a wonderful feeling.
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