Awhile back, I stepped out on a limb and shared my parental concerns with my toddler, Karina. I discussed my frustrations with her language development and then spoke about the FREE statewide program I turned to — Early On Michigan.
In that post, I also mentioned how we would have the choice on whether we should re-screen her at age two if we weren’t seeing a lot of improvement.
Well, the time came. She turned two in July, and I was still feeling hesitant. Was she speaking enough? Were her words as clear as other 2-year-olds? She has a hot temper — was it because of her lack of expressive language? Or was hearing the issue?
This photo sums up Karina’s goofy personality pretty well!
First, I needed to tackle a hearing test. With hearing issues in our family tree, I was nervous that could be the case. Our health department was backed up so it took two flippin’ months to get an appointment. So, at 35 weeks pregnant with baby #3, I waddled in with the toddler and my 3-year-old in tow. It was a total disaster. They didn’t have the training to work with a toddler — she kept pulling out the ear buds — and she didn’t have the ability to sit still enough so they could perform the test. My eyes started to well up with tears as they explained how I would need to wait until she was older to perform the test. I was so frustrated when I was hoping to walk away with an answer.
Next, we had our 2-year-old well check with Karina’s pediatrician and I explained my concerns again. She graciously wrote me a referral to Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor for the hearing test. I breathed a sigh of relief — these people would know what they are doing, right? Thankfully, they did. They knew exactly what to do to keep her entertained and check her hearing in the process. I was in amazement seeing them work with her. I walked away with tears again — but this time from joy. My daughter didn’t have a hearing loss. In fact, they reassured me she was very bright.