Marie - posted on 10/04/2011 ( 4 moms have responded )
I was amazed today, looking through my notes of the past year, at the verbal explosions from my 47 month old girl. She is gifted in her logic, visual/spatial and memory - but has always struggled with her language production. It wasn't that she didn't know the words - they were just hard for her pronounce and she is a perfectionist type that gets frustrated easily. I was reading back to even 7 months ago and the sentences I was recording back then were simple - 'You go mumum..' etc... It had taken her forever just to call me mumum, she found 'daddy' easier to say up until somewhere near three - and then finally made the switchover. She was still saying the easier of whatever words she could, and lumping whatever she could into combinations of hand signs and implied meaning.
And there was no denying she was smart - eerily so, at times. She would tell me all the sounds of every letter and names of colors that were easy for her to say, but refuse to say almost any other word she found difficult. Her hearing was fine, but some sounds like 'm', 'b', 'p' and 'l' were just not coming at all, and she wouldn't mispronounce many words willingly.
Now, she is talking (in words!) to me about why ghosts don't have teeth but can still eat her and what their mommies and daddies do to take care of them since they have no teeth etc etc... She tells me what doctors do and what farmers do and asks how poison ivy plants can bite and on and on and on.... I can finally hear everything going on in that brain and I am even more certain that she is gifted when I was only fairly certain before.
These last six months have just been a whirlwind of new sounds, words, full songs along with a tenfold increase in (visible/audible) social and imaginary play. I am shaking my head happily that this issue has worked itself out. There were times I was seriously worried I would have to find speech therapy or autism spectrum testing for her. I wonder if other parents of obviously smart children have had issues with their speech?