I don’t like leaving things on sour notes, so perhaps it’s time for some sweet news. As I wrote many posts ago, my son is receiving speech and language services. His therapist thinks it is an issue of motor planning. From her characterization I’m inclined to agree although I don’t have an array of selection understanding. He likes her. He likes the toys she brings, and seeks opportunities to pilfer her giant monogramed bag immediately upon her arrival. I have to say I like her too. She is the right mix of knowledge of her craft with honesty of research and literature deficits. She stated that motor planning typically resolves on its own, but the purpose of the intervention is to help it correct in a good way (i.e., He doesn’t start avoiding certain sounds or develop other unhelpful habits as a result.). I can buy that.
It hasn’t been much time since he began, but I think I see positive shifts in his language development and behavior even though he continues to point and gyrate his needs as his primary mode of communication. He’ll get there at some point, and it will likely be repetitions of my snarky commentary that he will choose to recite when it is least appropriate as his grand awakening to the art of speaking.
Little Man reached the point in his treatment length when a brief behavior assessment is administered. There are no concerns, but there was a specific question that made me feel better about something that I mull over whenever I take my son somewhere he is allowed to explore on his own to some extent.
Having a professional emphasis in children and families, I’ve taken several classes discussing attachment theory and the various child development assumptions. I’m lousy with all of them, especially really understanding the implications of attachment theory. Actually, the only area in this academic arena that makes sense are Piaget and Erikson, but I wouldn’t harken me for a lecture on their specifics.
Part of what I have clear recollection of from my two graduate programs is this notion that toddlers my son’s age trot off, but frequently check back to ensure their parents are present. Mr. Man just trots off. If I set him down at the mall, he just goes never looking back to me for assurance like I’ve heard in so many classes over. I haven’t been concerned per se, but I wondered what that meant. I described to the therapist this behavior following a specific question from her assessment. She looks at me and says, “Wow, he has really strong attachment.” Toward the end of the day’s lesson, Mr. Man backs into my nonexistent lap without looking…like he always does. I think nothing of it, but the therapist notes almost to herself, “He just knows Mommy is there.” I still don’t understand attachment theories much less their implications, but I’ll take whatever good news I can after a time span of stuff that I can’t believe has only filled a week.
At the end of the day it was pleasing to see my little man using his coy manipulations with his therapist to get what he wants without actually participating in things that are required; He’s quite ingenious, actually. I liked having a professional in the room who chuckled at his antics, and that would have been enough, but she says, “His cognitive abilities are really advanced.” I don’t know what that will mean for his future, and it isn’t like I thought differently about my son’s intelligence prior to her comment, but since the idea of him I’ve been determined not to think of such things, asserting that I have no issue setting high expectations, but they will be for him, not me and my desires for his future. But, when everything is an avalanche of bombardment, it’s quite pleasant to have good things pointed out for me because of the extra burden it is to retrieve them among the issue cacophony. I still don’t spend too much time considering my aspirations for my son that are more his responsibility as he grows, but I like hearing other people notice the things that make me smile.