As I’ve mentioned before, all of a sudden Whitney is showing a ton of desire to speak. Melanie and I have seen notes come home from school about Whitney trying her best to repeat words in class. Previously, Whit’s tried to mimic vowel sounds, but now she’s trying to say the whole word, consonants and all. She’s not very successful yet. You can watch the wheels turn in her head as she’s trying to make her mouth do what she sees others do to make the sounds. It’s going to take some work to get all the way to actual speech. But now that she’s showing so much desire, it’s time to see if we can get some more work done in the area of speech therapy.
Melanie and I talked the other night about tracking down how many visits our insurance company will cover and then tracking down a therapist who’s covered in our network. We’ll start with that and see where things go. Whitney’s had a speech therapist before but she didn’t used to like to work with her at all. She was very uninterested and uncooperative, so we kind of focused on other areas for a while. But now that her interest has returned and she doesn’t need as much physical therapy, we’ll shift our focus back and hope for some actual verbal communication over the next few years. What a thrill that would be!