As you know there are a few things that are factoring in with Korey and his multiple therapies. During his last speech therapy his therapist suggested moving him up to two visits a week. Any parent would normally jump right at the chance and have said yes already but I have been sitting on it and will give her an answer Thursday when she comes.
Why the wait for an answer? Well he already has three sessions a week, this will make it four. Add on top of that the fact that his brother will be here in January making it almost impossible for me to be able to concentrate on taking care of a newborn, recovering and helping Korey with his therapies. I want the best for him but I’m afraid it’s going to drive me over the edge.
The focus would change with these speech therapies now, and really focus on getting verbal out of him. He has picked up signing and starting to use some constants and vowels but now we would be giving him no choice but to talk. He would probably be in his booster most of the time with his tray attached so he doesn’t run away. When something becomes difficult for him he completely melts down and just tries to avoid the situation. More crying out of him and having to tell him “oh well, you have to do it.”
It’s difficult to put him in that situation but I want speech out of him. I don’t think that the therapist see how hard it is on me, I think I put on a pretty good front. It’s not because it’s so hard that he can’t do these things but more that he use to do them. I had a few months of him being okay after his first year and then things just stopped and he became so bad. Like watching someone you love going through dementia or amnesia and they just really start to change.
Korey is really intelligent but when you try to get him to talk or communicate without knowing how it works for him he can seem slow or just shy. If this keeps up and he is still like this when he is evaluated at 3 then he will most likely be in a special class with children with speech issues only. That hurts my heart so bad to know that I have to trust someone to know what he’s wanting and to help him for those two hours that he will get better in their hands while I’m still helping at home.