Julien was a very late talker. He said his first word (bye) around 11 months - but between then and 2, I think he may have had only 15-20 words. Our doctor was not concerned - his comprehension was amazing, and he was developing normally from what she could see - she said it would come in time.
At 2.5 - he had his first word explosion - I credit this to nursery school and being around other children. At 3, he had another one and the vocabulary on this child was amazing - however, no one knew what he was saying. I could understand about 50% of what he said - but that was it. People that didn't know him didn't understand hardly anything.
When he started school, the teacher mentioned that he should be seen by first words (the speech/language program run through our children's hospital). I knew about the program, but never sought their advice because I was under the impression he would get speech therapy in school should he need it - I was partly correct. CCAC comes into the schools starting in senior kindergarten - when they are 5 and first words no longer sees them.
Cue horrible, guilty mom feelings - I had delayed putting him on the waitlist, and now it would be even longer as he was only in junior kindergarten.
I took him to a first words assessment clinic to have him looked at, and they put him on the wait list - to which I found out was over 8months long.
Fortunately, we have private coverage - so we sought out a private Speech/Language Pathologist who we have been working with since October of last year. The progress he has made has been amazing. I am so thankful that we found his SLP - she knows just how to handle his personality. We have a ways to go in terms of his pronunciations etc, but he is getting there.
I am so proud of my little guy and his hard work - he loves going to see Mary Jane and playing games with her. One of the tools she uses in her therapy regime is an ipad 2 and apps geared at language and speech. I was amazed - I had no idea that they had apps for this. You see, my hubby and I don't have smart phones (we actually cannot even access the internet from our phones - yes, we are lacking in the technology department).
My goal now is to save up for a tablet / ipad so that we can help him out at home with these apps. They are things that he can do on his own if we set him up.
So, I am looking for recommendations on any kind of device that you have - and if you have used any apps for this type of thing, what would you recommend?
And hey - if your in the technology business and would like to offer us a tablet to use for our sons therapy - I would be happy to provide advertising for you on the blog, twitter and facebook - just contact me and we can get things started immediately.