A few weeks ago Katie started making some really exciting leaps forward in her speech.
She's killing her ABC's. She now recognizes every uppercase letter in the alphabet and can say all but 4. She pronounces some correctly and some are her own little variations. We're going to work on the remaining letters...J, L, Q and R.
She's totally obsessed with them and points them out all day long...in stores and while we're driving.
Two months ago (at 23 months old) she only had about 6 words, but today it's at least 20. They're not all "correct" words, but at this age it apparently doesn't matter as far as speech therapy is concerned. As long as she uses them appropriately and consistently, they count. Some of her more recent words are "Mee" for Milk, "Oww" for Owl and "Daddy" in place of Dada.
One of her favorites is still "Bia", which she demonstrated once again at the grocery store this morning. Sigh. But her latest is "Booga" which we think is her first multi-syllabic word that isn't a duplicated syllable (ie. dada, mama or nana). We have a green Starbucks Halloween cup with a monster that has a big eye on it, and we'd come at her with it saying "booga booga booga". I guess it took. We're really teaching her the important stuff!
We restarted speech therapy. Our program stops all sessions if a parent is attending the Hanen program, which I was until December. I'm not sure how I feel about it yet. Our sessions feel like a play session with little focus on speech so far. We're trying to decide how much (if any) private therapy time we should add to her schedule. We only have 1 session a month at the moment but I think we may need to add some more now while she's doing so well with new sounds.
I'll post a full update on Katie soon. Just writing it up now....