Katie Speaks

When I took Katie for her 18 month check-up at the pediatrician’s office last month, the doctor asked me, “Does Katie speak?” Specifically, she asked if Katie is speaking between 15-20 words, other than mama and dada.  Ummmm….. no, definitely not.  Not. Even. Close. 

Since that appointment, she has spoken a few more words.  She knows if something is yellow (lello) or if she is naked (nake nake).  She asks for milk (mill) and loves her sister Maddie (Mad).  

Not to worry.  Katie communicates.  She just doesn’t speak a lot of words.  She can tell you she’s looking for something by putting this puzzled look on her face (that seems so grown-up) and shrugging her shoulders.  She can wish you goodnight by planting a big, fat kiss on your lips and offering a wave of her tiny hand.  She can tell her older sister Maddie that she wants to play by pulling Maddie into the playroom by the hand.  She can tell you she’s wary of a stranger by plopping in your lap and snuggling in close, peeking at the stranger from the corner of her eye.  She can tell you she’s in the mood for a story by grabbing one of her favorite books, shoving it in your lap, and sitting close-by, ready to listen.  She can demand more food by slamming her empty plate on the high chair tray.  She can tell you when she finds something to be funny by her contagious, too-cute-for-words, belly laugh.  She will tell you it’s nap time by resting her head on your shoulder.  She can roar like a lion and moo like a cow.  And you’ll know, without a doubt, that she’s up to no good when she runs like lightning through the kitchen with a mischievous grin on her face.  She speaks volumes.

Yeah, Katie speaks.

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8 thoughts on “Katie Speaks

  1. I love this slice! The drs get us worried about calling you out on certain milestones and sometimes you just have to take a step back and think about it from a different perspective. I believe wholeheartedly that parents are our kids first teachers and the dr is never there to criticize but guide our baby instruction. You got that, Coach? 😉

    Luke’s favorite words: “Hi-ya” as in karate noise before he jumps at us. “sheeme” as in a Flaming Lips song about robots that he’s obsessed with. And “a-bee” as in where’s my bink?

  2. I admire how confident you are in your daughter’s ability to communicate. My path with my daughter’s speech has been very different from yours since she does have a dx speech issue. That said, if you know your daughter’s receptive language and nonverbal communication is there, then there is no reason to worry about that milestone. Good for you!

    • I’m not totally confident, Stacey. Perhaps she may need some speech intervention in the future. We’ll see, but right now I just marvel at how well she is able to communicate to us without words! It amazes me.

      Sent from my iPhone

  3. Reminds me of my son who didn’t speak much at two and is now an attorney. I love your paragraph – Katie communicates. It’s a great mentor text for showing how to use the same repeating words and example after example. And I absolutely love your conclusion. Love that you made the time to reflect and share.

  4. What a celebration of all that Katie is doing. This is the way we would handle students, isn’t it? Focus on what they can do, build on what they can do. I think that speech interventions with young children are at an all-time high–almost to the point that kids are forced into a specific path of development instead of being given time to grow on their own. I applaud that you are willing to wait and see, to notice what Katie is doing well, to keep nurturing her communication skills. I was the little sister and didn’t really speak much until I was ready to communicate in full, clear sentences.

    I particularly love the rhythm of this piece. The choppy, halting, “Not. Even. Close.” at the end of the first paragraph, and the amused voice of the very last line, “Yeah, Katie speaks.”

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