when arty asks me what his first word was, i don’t think i’m going to be able to tell him. because it didn’t just happen all of a sudden.
first he babbled.
then he started to make speechlike sounds.
then those sounds started to sound like words but weren’t really attached to the objects he was talking about.
and then, slowly, the words began to be coupled with what they actually meant.
he now says a bunch of words, and is really starting to make himself understood. for the record he says:
- dose (for josie, his oddmother)
- Pablo (the name of the neighbours’ dog, which he uses for all dogs)
his understanding of language is developing at a cracking pace. he can follow simple instructions like “put it on your head” or “put the blocks in the box”, can identify some body parts like “foot” and “tummy”, and he understands a lot of action words such as “clap” and “shake”.