After church the other day one of the volunteers in the nursery asked if she could speak to me about Damien. We've been having some MAJOR Al Bundy moments going on, constantly pulling his hand out of his pants so I figured for sure it was that but surprisingly it wasn't. It was however his speech that the lady had noticed and she wanted to ask me if I was getting him any help. She works for Early HeadStart and said he could probably get into their program automatically but I let her know that he indeed is getting help from the Early Intervention center in town.
I'm not stupid. I know Damien is WAY behind (9 month speech level) I realize that people see how big he is and that he can't speak a single word. I realize he drools and spits when he does muster anything besides momma and dadda. I know his tongue sticks out a bit more than a normal kid. I guess this would be the first time however I felt like I was put on the spot like I wasn't helping the poor kid. I had some shirts made for Dominic a year ago and maybe I should do the same for Damien to announce that yes I am fully aware of his problems. Dominic has shirts that say "I have ADHD, what's your excuse?" and "I don't act like this at home."
Anyways- I hope I wasn't too defensive. I told her he has Speech Apraxia with severe tongue thrust and it could be years before he spoke any words. She then told me he needed to learn sign language. (sigh) I know she meant well but I hate when people I don't even know try giving me their opinions like I have no freakin clue! Anyone else been there done that?