Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Egi

Eli, my freckled little wild animal, has a speech impediment. He can't pronounce the letter L, and substitutes "g" for it, occasionally "y". I am trying not to get worked up about it (mommy paranoia, you know), and I have to admit it's pretty cute sometimes. Really, who cares when a kid can say, "rollie-pollie," when instead they can say "rogie-pogie." Or "pigbug." "That's horribug!"

The school ladies tell me that the district will do nothing until he's enrolled in Kindergarden. So for now Egi Cyemens will go on being Egi Cyemens. His swimming teacher just thought I had given him a hardcore weirdo name until he heard me calling Eli to get out of the pool. "Oh, Eli! I thought "Egi" was a pretty weird name."

8 comments:

courtney said...

did you see my post about egi??? I think it super cute!! who cares everything always works itself out. hey how are those nasty chicks doing?? Kaelyn was SO SO SO sad the next morning when she woke up> she looked all over the house for them.

Rachel said...

That's pretty adorable. I love kids with speech impediments. There's a family of boys in my ward who all have problems with their l's and r's. Every time they call me Wacho and want to put them in my pocket and carry them around.

Marque and Sarah said...

My nephew does the same thing. His name is Eli too, but he pronounces it Eyi. He also has never been on a slip and slide. He has, however, been on a swip and swide. Fun stuff.

Ken said...

Actually the school district does have the resposibility to provide services to children 3 years and up. If you pursued it, you could probably get services. Both of my boys have had speech and language services from an early age (and still do).

colleeeen said...

Thank you, Ken. I have to decide if I have the time and will to be a gadfly to the district. Maybe I should contact somebody at the district level - Paul's school is a charter and that might be a factor.

Kathryn said...

Colleen I second that contacting someone at the district level. Our oldest was eval'd at age 4 and rec'd speech therapy a full year and half before she started kinder. The first 6 months she was at a state preschool within our district and they even provided bus transportation with pick up/drop off at our house since the site was not at the school closest to our house. She aged out of state preschool and we went elsewhere the next year but they still provided the speech therapy. So definitely contact the district.

samandholly said...

As an actual Speech-Language Pathologist, who handles the preschool cases for our district, I can say that the inability to produce an /l/ sound is considered normal until 6-7 years old. Yes, the district is responsible for providing services from age three, but articulation challenges that are considered developmentally appropriate do not necessitate services. If that is the only speech issue he has, you probably wouldn't receive any services until he was in K or even 1st. Children who are parentally-placed into a school that is not the district-assigned home school do not always qualify for the same level of services as children who attend the regular public school. I'm not telling you to not pursue anything, I'm just saying that you are walking in with the count at 0-2... Call me if you want to talk about it.

colleeeen said...

Sam, I was hopin' you'd comment. I can google speech impediments all day long without knowing what was a reliable source and what was just blather. If you say it's normal and I shouldn't be worried, that's good enough for me. Thank you.

(Oh, and we actually moved within walking distance of his school, so it is our home school. It's only chartered so it can legally have the Spanish immersion program.)