For awhile now I have had my concerns about Lillian and Claire's speech development. They are just a month away from turning four, but there are still many times I have to have them repeat several times what they are saying in order to try and catch what they are saying. Both girls, Claire especially, has troubles saying "Claire" correctly, comes out at Gee. I am able to understand about 75% of what they are saying, Josh can understand them most of the time as well, but I know many others struggle. Because of this, I scheduled them a speech screening and took them in for that on Wednesday. After a long afternoon and a lot of paperwork for me, I was asked to come back to speak with a parent educator and we discussed the results of their Dial-4 screening. The Dial-4 assessed areas of gross and fine motor, language, concept and then I filled out a questioner on their self-help and social awareness. As expected, they were right on track with everything but language. They both have articulation and sound issues and are being suggested for further assessment from speech pathologist. A team will go over their results from the first screening and determine if they think Lillian and/or Claire will need to come in for further testing. If so, they will give me a call, hopefully soon, and set up a time.
After talking to a few people about their results, I have been asked about how I feel about the results and if I am at all upset. When I was young I had speech issues and for many years could not correctly say the /r/ sound. After years of speech therapy, I perfected it. Josh also had speech problems when he was young. It's not at all uncommon for young children to have troubles with their speech in some form or another, but is also something that with help and hard work, can eventually be corrected. So no, I am not upset that they might have to go through speech therapy, I am ready to get them the help they need.