Saturday was Aubrey's birthday party. Aubrey is two and she is one of my great nieces..she lives next door. She is not making any consonant sounds yet only vowels..but she can squeal pretty loudly at her brothers!
She knows some sign language, her Mother has taught her some of the words..all done, more and thank you. Aubrey has had three surgeries, the first to repair her cleft lip, the second repair her cleft palate and then the third to repair a hole that appeared after the second surgery.. One of those times tubes were placed in her ears so she wouldn't get so many ear infections.
She has a speech pathologist that works with her during the school year. Minnesota has lots of programs in place to help children that need a little extra help. She will be going to see her speech pathologist once a week throughout the summer.
Aubrey understands everything you tell her, she follows directions really well. She is a very smart little girl, sometimes she is frustrated by her inability to communicate. Sometimes she looks at you like you are the dumbest person on the face of the earth..I think it might be "the look" and she has it perfected!
She is also entering the terrible twos..or the terrific twos..depending on the day and her mood.
Aubrey has come a long way in the two years since she was born. Surgery by surgery her smile is being restored, she will see her specialist again in six months..there is a surgery that can help with her speech..will she or won't she need it..only time will tell. They may put a tiny camera up and down her nose to see if her palate is working correctly if there is no improvement in her speech in the next six months. For now, we as a family surround this little girl with lots of love:)