The Daughter Chronicles

Thursday, March 02, 2006

More babbling with Mia

I have mentioned that Mia likes to babble. It's very interesting to listen to her, especially because she seems so earnest about whatever it is she is saying. Krys decided to pay very close attention to her a few nights ago. Mia was lying in her bed, babbling away, and Krys thought she heard her say something like "stars." She waved at the wall next to her, which is indeed decorated with star decals, and she made a motion with her hand. Krys recalled that when her speech therapist sings "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" to Mia, she makes the same kind of motion with her hand. So Krys asked Mia if she was talking about the stars, and Mia got very excited and happy because Krys knew what she was trying to say.

Her speech therapist has said that she will begin to do this more often - drop comprehensible words into a long string of babbling. It's very cool to hear, as is the number of words she is saying recently. In the past two weeks she has said "red," "yellow," "blue," "water," and "Libby," which is her teacher's name. She has also become very good at singing along to "Baa, Baa, Black Sheep" with her speech therapist. She says the last words in each line (except for "sheep," which is still a bit tough for her).

We're hoping she retains these small advances, because even though we want her to get better physically, we know she wants to communicate with us more, and it seems like it frustrates her more than not being able to walk. At least if she's communicating she can tell us how she feels and what she wants. As usual, it's all baby steps with Mia. But she has been making progress.


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