Connor has been in speech therapy for 3 weeks. He's 26 months old. Expressively, he's like an 11-month-old. Receptively, he's like an 18-month-old.
Although he is only independently speaking about 3 words, he is beginning to imitate. Yesterday, November 9, 2011, he imitated 24 sounds/words! The therapist was blown away and I was absolutely thrilled! Because of his ability to now imitate sounds and some signs, his frustration at not being able to communicate has lessened tremendously. He is also starting to babble slightly during play.
Of course, I am ready for him to initiate speaking on his own. However, the therapist has reassured me imitating is a necessary first step and it's a big deal he is doing this so quickly. She is also thrilled that there is so much inflection in his voice and that he shows lots of emotion.
whoo whoo (choo choo)
ah du (all done)
eee uh (clean up)