I suspect that Norton’s toddler language delay is one of the most common things that I blog about. After all, a toddler language delay is full of so many frustrations and triumphs that it’s something that I do focus on. But now it looks like we’ll be getting some extra help with our toddler communication issues.
A few months ago, K, Norton’s speech pathologist, added Norton to a wait list for a toddler playgroup. This playgroup is awesome because it’s designed for kids who are lagging in the toddler talking department. Here’s the thing, though: it’s strictly for late talkers. Children with underlying issues that are contributing to the toddler language delay (autistic spectrum, other disorders, what have you) are not within the scope of this playgroup. (There are other resources offered for children with underlying issues, though, so it’s not like they are forgotten.)
K wasn’t sure if we were high enough on the list to get in, but she was hoping. I kind of forgot about the possibility because it starts in a few weeks and I’ve had a lot going on. But yesterday, I got the call. Norton is in if we’re still interested.
Since Norton isn’t exactly reciting Mercutio’s Soliloquy, we’re still most definitely interested. She gave me the low down:
It’s a 15 week group with one session a week. It’s an hour and a half per session, and it’ll focus on things to help overcome the toddler language delay: working on following directions, using and understanding spoken language, and pretend play. How awesome is that? And this is one of those instances where I really, really love the Canadian health care system (or at least British Columbia’s MSP): for those 15 sessions, it’ll cost me $160… and that’s because it’s being held at a non-profit group’s facility. The cost is for expenses associated with space and staffing. Because they don’t want the cost to be prohibitive, they offer payment plans and subsidies to lower income families. No child should be barred from receiving help because of their parents’ bank balances.
Of course, there’s one thing that I balked at: the pathologist said that it was a drop off thing. Hang on, what? Leave my kid for an hour and a half? I’ve never left Norton anywhere except at the gym a few times… where I was 60 feet away, or with my in-laws or my husband. The pathologist was quick to tell me that I could hang out, of course, if I thought Norton would have problems.
Ha. I don’t think that Norton will have problems. I think I would be the one to have problems. So, we’ll see if I actually leave or if I spend time as a quiet observer or parent volunteer. Still, I’m looking forward to this opportunity for my boy. Hopefully this will help get Norton on track with toddler talking.