We joke that our daughter was born talking. Madison has the gift of language. Her words have always been able to encourage, lift, entertain, and put you in your place. My sister-in-law Claire said it best when she said she was a very precocious girl. No doubt about it!
Language has always been more difficult for our second child, Cameron. He could not speak he was 4 years old. This was after a lot of speech therapy. At one time Cameron was recieving 17 hours of therapy a week. We rejoiced when Cameron began kindergarten on time despite therapists telling us they didn't think he would be ready!
Ethan also struggled with the spoken word but not to the degree as Cameron. He also received speech therapy for several years. This 1st grader now reads at a 4th grade level despite his slow start with language.
I assumed that our 3rd son would also have difficulty with "making words." There are times where I feel I am raising Cameron's twin. He struggles with the same issues with phonics and intonation as Cameron did. This time I feel more prepared for the road ahead. This time I know where to begin the process of helping my son. This time I know everything will be fine. This time I know the struggle ahead.