Toddler Talking and Hints of Progress

I’ve been going nuts over toddler talking… or, more particularly the lack of toddler talking in my house.  I’m happy as a clam because we’ve had some breakthroughs lately.  No, Norton hasn’t begun reciting Hamlet’s soliloquy or whatever.  I am still working with my little boy on overcoming a toddler language delay.  But we had a big week.

Norton and I were happily playing in his room.  (Okay, fine, I was trying to clean it and he was getting out toys almost as quickly as I put them away.)  He went to his toy rack and handed me a small blue ball.  As he placed it in my hand, he said “Boow.”  I was over the moon.  We played ball in his room for about twenty minutes, and numerous times, he proclaimed some variant of “ball” as he threw the ball to me.  And, almost as impressively, when we were done, he put his ball back on the toy rack in the appropriate bin.

That wasn’t the only new word attempt for the week.  Lately, Norton has had a thing for Greek yogurt.  He uses his spoon properly to eat it, and will do his best to scrape the bowl to get every last bit of yogurty goodness.  While I was mixing a small bowl for him, I’d asked him if he wanted his yogurt.  And he said, “Go-goo.”

It was close enough to yogurt for me to be convinced.  🙂  And I couldn’t be happier at the progress we’ve made this week.  Maybe this is the beginning of the toddler language explosion.


Toddler Talking and Feeling the Love

I have been increasingly frustrated with our lack of progress in the toddler talking department.  I’ve been practicing our five words that the speech pathologist gave us, and have been getting nowhere.  At least, nowhere with toddler talking.

There have been other toddler communication improvements… just of the non-verbal variety.

1.) Norton has stopped throwing his sippy cup at me when he wants more milk.  He hands it to me now.  While the non-verbal communication is nice, it’s come at a price: he no longer (or at least, very rarely) says or signs “milk.” [Read more…]

30 Days of Toddler Play – Fun with Blocks

I have to say, I’m loving the 30 Days to Play Hands On Challenge.  It’s helping me in ways that I didn’t anticipate already, and this is only day 4.  Yesterday, day 3, the challenge was to play with blocks.  For us, this was awesome.  Norton has a decent collection of blocks and loves to stack his Mega Blocks.  We find them to be a reliable standby for whenever we have some toddler play on the floor.  Sometimes, a little help with toddler play ideas can be good, though. [Read more…]

Overwhelmed Mom Survives Strong Start

I’m an introvert by nature.  I’m not dealing with some sort of social anxiety thing or whatever.  I can handle people just fine, and have had to work with them in some capacity or another since I was sixteen.  I’m finding, though, that there’s a difference between doing a job and holding staff meetings and being social and talking to other parents.  I found toddler time at the library to be enough to make me an overwhelmed mom.  Of course, I may not have found it to be so traumatic if it didn’t end with a visit to the hospital.  Strong Start didn’t lead to a trip to the hospital, but I was still an overwhelmed mom by the time I gave up and brought Norton home.

Strong Start is a program in British Columbia that takes place at public schools.  It’s designed for helping with kindergarten readiness, but is open for all kids too young for kindergarten.  I went because our speech pathologist suggested it at our last appointment in order to get Norton around other kids more and help encourage toddler talking.  I was nervous about going, particularly since I hate to take Norton anywhere without the husband after the library disaster.  I always worry about doing something wrong that somehow results in another trip to the hospital. [Read more…]

Toddler Talking and Hope on the Horizon

It Takes Two to Talk

So, yeah.  Earlier this week, I worried about Norton’s lack of toddler talking.  I’d gotten some helpful things from It Takes Two to Talk, but it turns out that the book was more helpful than I’d thought.  While I did learn that part of the “problem” is with Norton’s communication style (he is very happy to play by himself and only starts an interaction when he wants something) and how I respond to it, and I got some ideas on how to work past it, I was still getting nervous about the lack of toddler talking.  I’d received more than one message through various mediums that maybe our toddler communication issues were a sign of something more serious… and while I didn’t think so, I did find the possibility to be worrisome. [Read more…]

YAY for Toddler Talking! (GP#20)

We’ve struggled with toddler talking.  I’ve spent a lot of time wondering if there was something that I was doing (or wasn’t doing) that was causing toddler talking to just not really happen.  I’ve tried getting Norton into Baby Signs DVDs so that maybe he’ll use his little hands to communicate since words aren’t really happening.  Of course, that leads to feelings of inadequacy and wondering if it’s my own short comings that are inhibiting toddler communication. [Read more…]