Preshus Baybee: Now with 25% more oral-motor difficulty.


So, the evaluation.

Connor’s little lisp, which I had heretofore chalked up to “eh, he’s two” could be the sign of A Problem. His little lisp coupled with his refusal to swallow meat could be the sign of A Real Problem. He’s having a more extensive overall developmental evaluation on Monday and a speech therapist will be contacting me about an oral-motor evaluation… sometime. Sometime SOON, I hope.

He got through everything with flying colors and the evaluator was very, very impressed by him — she ended up taking him through some testing processes intended for four- and five-year-olds just because he could do them and she wanted to see how far he could go. She noticed, however, that while he’s very understandable, he sticks his tongue out when pronouncing the letter S. When I brought up the meat issue it raised a red flag, and so… and so. Right now it could be a minor sensory issue, it could be delayed development in his tongue and… his palates? His teeth? Something, anyway. It could even just be a bad habit combined with distaste for meat. It needs to be checked.

Y’all know that when I was stressing over this yesterday I was KIDDING, right? This is stressing me out FOR REAL now, especially when I think of all his little quirks that might come out during a more detailed evaluation — like, will he lose points for insisting that things go in a certain order? Will she raise a disapproving eyebrow when Connor aligns his stool precisely with the edges of the sink? If I admit that he doesn’t chew individual leaves of salad greens very well, is that another black mark?

Probably not any of that, actually. It’s unnerving to so suddenly see a problem where before I saw cute toddler behavior, though. I mean, it’s still cute — but now it could be An Issue. Why on earth did I think this would be a good idea?

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2 Responses to Preshus Baybee: Now with 25% more oral-motor difficulty.

  1. rjb says:

    Who would want to chew individual leaves of salad greens?

    Your kid’s gonna be fine, S.

  2. Marina says:

    I had a bad lisp until I was about twelve years old. The good thing is that it can be corrected, even in pretty severe cases.

    Besides which, I’m sure he’ll be fine. Like you said, it’s a normal toddler thing to have problems with fricatives.

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