We’ve been preparing for today for 3 years. See when my daughter Kaila was two and a half I knew that something was different. She wasn’t talking as good as other kids and other people had a hard time understanding her. There were time I didn’t even understand her. We found out shortly after she turned three that she had a speech disorder. Kaila had been diagnosed with a phonological disorder and her brain hadn’t quite made the connections with her tongue to make the correct sounds.
For the past three years Kaila has worked every single day at her speech. I remember when all of a sudden she was saying perfect “s’ blends and was finally able to say her own name correctly. I remember her being so proud as she started to sound out sounds and as she began to read. She never thought she wasn’t good enough even though others might have. Now she can read on her own and is in an advanced reading group in school. She did that! I remember being so scared wondering if she would read along with her peers and here she is doing it all.
Today Kaila said goodbye to speech therapy. An almost constantly weekly routine for our family now gone. A speech therapist who got to know her personally and watched her grow up. It was tough saying goodbye to Sarah today because she met Kaila all those years ago and has watched her become the girl she is today. Kaila gave her a hug and said thank you and then we walked away. Like it never happened.
My child no longer has a phonological disorder, she had one.