It has been just over three months since I first posted about some concerns we had about our oldest son’s development. Since that first post, we have worried with fears that he was behind in speech and social aspects but thriving in more academic areas, particularly reading. We have also had those fears allayed through an evaluation process which left us with some questions but mostly relief.
A few short weeks after Miles’s assessment (where we were told that his development is overall typical, though his social skills and speech are slightly behind), we began to notice big changes in Miles. In a flurry of development, he began picking up books and reading them with little help, is now able to answer those pesky “Wh-?” questions, and asks about his friends daily. He began attending the Beginner’s Sunday School class at church, stopped sleeping on the floor behind his bedroom door, and stopped playing solely with his letters.
Oh, we still get looks when he spells words without seeing them, reads signs in stores (“Did he just READ that??”), and knows what we’re saying when we spell out words that he shouldn’t know (ie., not just n-a-p or b-e-d). Does he spend a large amount of time thumbing through huge chapter books? Yes. Does he love sitting next to me while I read out loud to him from whatever chick lit novel I’m devouring at the time? Sure. (By the way, Allison Pearson, his current favorite is your newest book “I Think I Love You.” Just sayin’, you have at least one young fan.)
But he is also totally into Mickey Mouse Clubhouse these days and loves driving his trucks and cars all over the house (and all over my arms, legs, and computer screen). He wants to play outside and asks if we’re going to go to the park to see his friend Ethan play baseball.
His vocabulary has really increased with this latest spurt. In some ways, it sounds odd, since he learns visually, but it is certainly functional language. He isn’t solely parroting our speech — he can tell you about his day and is beginning to be more conversational.
I don’t at all regret taking our concerns to our pediatrician and pursing the evaluation. It was a good exercise in following our gut and it taught us more about our son. Information isn’t a bad thing, and in this case it helped us see that there was little (if anything) to worry about.
Is he hyperlexic? Is he just an early reader? I don’t know. I’m not sure we need to know. We’ll just do the best we can with our awesome little boy (and his awesome little brother) and be glad that he proved us wrong.