CJ has been receiving speech therapy from the age of 20 months. He receives therapy from Early Intervention and from a private practice. Since his birth, I was hopeful that he did not have Childhood Apraxia of Speech. He did not have any problems nursing and he quickly moved from baby food to real food. He babbled, he made a ton of facial expressions, he smiled with ease. He was different from his sister. However, around 18 months, I noticed his expressive language was poor compared to his peers.
Here is a video of CJ around 9 months old. In this video he babbled and expressed his thoughts.
As CJ grew from the infant to toddler stage, his baby babble did not significantly change from babble to words. He did have a few words, mama, dada, up, eat, more. However, when he pronounced these words, they were not clear.
CJ is now 2 years 5 months old. He is saying a lot of words, but yet the words are still not clear and audible to others. At this stage in his language development, we are experiencing many of the same circumstances experienced with Maya. He has periods of frustration when we do not understand what he is saying. When communicating with others outside of our home, I am his speech interpreter.
At home we continue to practice improving his speech. He likes to play games and talk to us. He continues to surprise us with the things he comes up with.
Here is a current video of him playing a game with me.