I haven't been lying, exactly. I just haven't told you everything. Remember how I told you that this little girl says a lot of different things? Well, she's stopped. She might say, "DOWN," when she has been naughty on the couch. And she can say "done" when she's finished with her food. Otherwise? She will grab for all of brother's PECs and use those when they're out. It isn't as though we don't speak to the kid. I mean, we have to talk to her when we go out in public once a week for appearances, right???
Well, I wonder if she truly has a language problem, or if it's just the fact that her closest friend does not speak and autism is catching. Seriously, though, she has learned that waving her hands around is an appropriate means of expressing appreciation and excitement... which... it is, but I think it would be nice if she were to use more neurotypical means of doing so if that's what she is. And I wonder what we can do about it.
I have contacted First Steps and hopefully within the next month they can do an evaluation, give me one of those all purpose handouts about "kids learn language from hearing it" and then leave. *sob* You know, Woodjie said a few words and then stopped as well. He still does not speak very often at all. Even then, you have to get his attention and model the word first almost always. It makes me sad.