Thursday, November 15, 2012

Speech Spurt


It's been about five months since I've given any kind of speech development update on Diego (Now 2 yrs, 10 months).  You may have read a few posts here and there in between this time to catch new words that he's picked up, and Man has he had a "speech spurt" in the last few months!  He has more than doubled his entire vocabulary!  Though still fairly behind as an "almost" 3 year old, I'm really proud of his progress.

His major attitude change was his sudden willingness to immitate more.  Now he will try to copy what you've just said even if he has no idea what it means.  I believe that this behavior change was really brought on due to his speech therapy.  He has repeated the entire alphabet which takes focus, tolerance, and patience.  And you know - he even lasted through an entire session of me reading a book!  You may recall, he would have nothing to do with book-reading in the past.  (I think little brother, Tater may have inspired him because Tater is tolerant of books).  And which book was the first?  The Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly.

Diego is also trying to count but really hasn't gotten past Three.  He also picked up the idea of "plurals" when he first started saying, "Two Airplane" and then it developed into "Two Airplanes" (with an "s" at the end), and now I'm amazed that he will say two and hold up two fingers.  He's getting it, Guys!  He also knows basic colors (thanks to M&Ms during Halloween) but his favorite and only color he will say so far is "Blue".  Such a boy!

Here is a comparison of the words he picked up since 5 months ago:

2 years, 10 months
2 years, 5 Months

Some of his favorite multi-word sayings:
  • Brother Cry!
  • Mama Car!
  • No Milk
  • More Milk
  • My Car
  • Big School Bus
  • Blue School Bus (when he sees the blue shuttles by our house)
  • Mama Hug! (when he wants to be carried)
  • Eat Cake
  • Not this
  • Mama Cook Egg
  • Move Brother
  • Shark and Whale!
  • Two Airplanes
I'm ecstatic about this progress and can't wait to see what his 3-year update will look like!