The Daughter Chronicles

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Identifying things with Mia

Although Mia doesn't talk much, she does communicate rather well, and we're trying to get her to express herself better. Whenever she looks at something, she says, "Dat?" She says this if she is asking what it is, or if she knows what it is and is simply telling us. It's somewhat frustrating.

So this week while she was eating I noticed that she specifically looked at the cat more than just randomly when I was talking about the cat.¹ I have been telling her all about her sister for almost three months, and when she eats, Norah is usually hanging out in her gymini or sitting in her bouncy chair. She sits to Mia's left on the floor. So this week I kept asking her where Norah was. This is how it went:

Me: "Mia, where's Norah?"
Mia, after looking directly at Norah, smiling, and pointing down at her: "Dat?"
Me: "Mia, where's Zoe?"²
Mia, looking at the cat and pointing: "Dat?"
Me: "Mia, where's Norah?"³
Mia, looking back to Norah and poiting: "Dat?"

This is the extent of most of my conversations with Mia. The nice thing is, however, is that she knows who Norah is. Her pointing leaves something to be desired - she kind of waves her arm in that direction - but it's definitely directional. So even though she's not really talking yet, we're happy that she continues to learn and communicate a little better. Slow and steady wins the race.

¹ Either cat will do. They wander around her chair in shifts.
² Or Smokey. See note 1.
³ I have to make sure it's not a fluke, right?


  • It IS frustrating, isn't it? My son's vacabulary is very limited as well, and his eye contact is TERRIBLE. So we do a lot of guessing, pointing, asking again for clarification, guessing again, until sometimes it seems he just gives up and takes whatever we offer next. With speech therapy it has gotten easier though, and his teachers are teachign him some sign language. Took us FOREVER to figure out what "Harktoon Neckwork" was. Turns out he was asking to watch tv, specifically Cartoon Network. LOL My Daughter is 4 and my son is 2, I basically have two 2 year olds though. It's frustrating, especially since thye both at such a developmentally difficult age. Thank you for sharing your experiences with us.

    By Blogger Juri, at 18/9/05 10:10 AM  

  • Hi Juri. I saw that you were reading, and thanks for giving us some publicity on your own blog. It is hard, and it's one of those things we worry about because of her entering school in a few years, as communication is such an important component in school.

    By Blogger Greg, at 18/9/05 2:04 PM  

  • By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8/11/10 7:30 PM  

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