So it's been a while since I've talked about Karen's progress. We have her in speech therapy three times a week. Once through the school district while she is at preschool and twice a week at the EWU/WSU speech and hearing clinic. She works there with a graduate student clinician with oversight from an amazing expert on childhood apraxia of speech - Dr. Amy
The last couple of months there has been a huge jump in Karen's speech (words, attempts, etc.) and her social interaction when she is at preschool. She now has at least 75 words (that I can "understand") and is starting to put words together in two to four word "phrases" ... I use quotes because they are not typical sentence structure, are pretty stilted, and are usually in the wrong order, but the fact that she is stringing words and/or multiple syllables together is HUGE!
It has been a struggle lately. When she was a baby she was VERY laid back. But as she has gotten older, she is starting to assert herself and her preferences (which is mostly a wonderful thing!)... but being unable to communicate those needs and preferences effectively is starting to become a bigger deal. We are seeing more tantrums and acting out from frustration. I pray that the progress in her speech will help her feel less frustrated. I feel so helpless most of the time and never realized how powerless you feel as a parent when you have a little one that struggles with something that you simply cannot do anything to help with.