Spontaneous Language Explosion
September 24, 2013
My little guy has been working really hard to learn new concepts and improve his language and speech. Increasing his expressive language was a very slow and tough journey. That is, until one amazing day in April when he experienced a spontaneous language explosion that persists to this day. While I’ve seen my children develop at fast rates before, I’ve never seen such a dramatic change in one day. Before that day, he had a small repertoire of words and phrases he knew and used. Otherwise, we modeled phrases and he would repeat them.
But on that day in April, he exploded with spontaneous language and concepts. We were on our last leg of what was turning out to be a 10-hour road trip. At a pit stop, we sat him in the driver’s seat and he said, “Drive!” When the baby fell asleep, he announced that he was asleep. As we drove over a bridge, he looked down and said, “Down.” He served me invisible tea.
Understanding functions of objects! Describing actions! Locations! Pretend play!! He may have done these things before, but only with prompting. He was now doing all these things on his own initiative. We were so amazed, we got the video camera out. We weren’t even to our destination yet.
The spontaneous language continued to progress from that day on. Neither his doctor, nor his ABA consultant, knows what caused the explosion, nor do they understand how it is sustaining. His ABA consultant is amazed at how quickly he is learning his lessons now, and how much he talks. She has to keep writing new lessons, because he masters them so quickly.
My little guy continues to improve his communication at this accelerated rate. He went from almost no spontaneous language in April, to four and five-word sentences now. What we are experiencing is a miracle. Believe!