Kimberly - posted on 02/21/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )
We are thrilled! Laurens, almost 5, has been selectively mute for several years now. Noticed it when he started pre-school a year and a half ago. We have good friends that we see very often with two little boys his age. He plays well with them and goes to pre-school with one of them every day. He has never spoken to either of them....until Thursday! He just opened up and started freely talking to them while they were over at our house playing. It was like they had been talking to each other for years! I almost went to my knees! I could hardly believe it! Later that night, he told us at the dinner table, "I talked to Ryan and Evan today. It felt really good." My husband and I about cried. We saw them again yesterday, same! And we were at a park....not on his turf. He was very comfortable with them. He hasn't talked to Ryan at pre-school but I'm wondering if that will be next? We had another neighbor girl over yesterday and he spoke to her towards the end of their play date. So I'm thrilled that we are making such great progress!
We saw a developmental therapist last week too. Just my husband and I went to see how it would work. She initially wanted to put him on Prozac. We worked around that and she gave us some suggestions for us to try. I frankly wasn't convinced it is the right course for our son. She wants us to tell him things like, "you are going to be five soon and starting kindergarten....it's time for you to start saying things like "hello", "goodbye", "please", and "thank you" to people so they know that you "like them"....WHAT???? Seems like a little too much pressure to me. I don't know.
We are going to hang on to this huge milestone for now!