I’ve been concerned about Baby Bug’s language development. At 22 months old she never stopped talking all day long but it was mostly babbling and then perfect words here and there. I started to notice she is the type of child who has to perfect something in her head before she does it or says it. Which is why I’m often hearing “yada yada yada doggy” or “blah blah blah caca(which is cockadoodledoo – don’t ask me why I thought teaching her cockadoodledoo instead of chirp was a good thing). I contacted an organization for a free evaluation to see where she stands for her age. We started with the in-home development test.
The tester asked her to point to different pictures. Baby Bug correctly identified a ball, a teddy bear and blocks. Then she was asked to identify the horse on the page. She hesitated and I had a brainy idea.
Junebug: “Honey, show us the donkey.”
She pointed right at the horse.
Junebug: “Our friend has a donkey but Baby Bug has never met a real horse.” She hasn’t met a real teddy bear either but she sleeps with a fake one.
The tester started to do another test and gasped.
Tester: “Is that a Tardis?”
Juebug: “Yep. It is Baby Bug’s library.”
Tester: “I have to take a photo of it my kids will die.”
Next, she showed Baby Bug a toy car then put it under a cup.
Tester: “Where is the car?”
Baby Bug instantly picked up the cup hiding the car. I was amazed!!
When my husband came home I said, “Let’s show daddy the skill you learned today.”
I put a princess under a cup and asked her to find the princess. She picked up the right cup again!
Junebug: “Isn’t that fantastic?” I asked my husband.
He took the cups behind his back and put the princess in one then placed them down in front of us.
Hubby: “Find the princess.”
Baby Bug thought and picked up the one it had been in before.
Hubby: “Well, now we know she is not psychic. There goes those winning lottery numbers.”