Joscelyn's Journey

A Beautiful Child's Journey Through Hemimegalencephaly

Speech Breakthroughs

on April 23, 2013

Joscelyn has had some very exciting breakthroughs in her speech recently!

She was re-evaluated in speech therapy to see how she much she has progressed since the doctors at the Epilepsy Center for Kids at Florida Hospital for Children performed hemispherectomy surgery on her last July.

When we started speech therapy in August of 2012, Joscelyn was on the level of a 6-9 month old in terms of her expressive language. (what she could actually say) She also had some emerging skills in the 12-15 month old range. Now, she has mastery in the 9-12 month range and has also mastered about half of the expressive language skills of a 12-15 month old. In terms of her receptive language skills (what she comprehends), when we began, she had mastery in the 6-9 month old range with some emerging skills in the 9-12 and 15-18 mo range. Now, she has mastery in the 9-12 month range and has mastered more skills in the 15-18 month range.

As I explained in an earlier post, our goal for Joscelyn is “total communication“. This means that based on her needs, wants and abilities, she can choose to communicate with us via speaking, signing and/or using her AAC device.

Here she is expressing herself quite clearly via sign language:

Joss Signing “No” and “All Done”

Of course, we love to hear the sound of her sweet little voice and are continuing to encourage her to speak.

I have not given up on my dream of hearing her say, “I love you, Mommy!” someday!

To see how much progress she is making in speech therapy gives us hope that we may yet see that dream come true.

On a side note, our friends at 1,000 Words Gallery asked us to join them for a Mother’s Day photo shoot. I’ll be posting the rest of the pics we took as we get closer to Mother’s Day but here’s a sneak peek at one of my favorites from the day! 


Doesn’t Joss look GREAT?! Here’s to 7 weeks of seizure-freedom and more happy blog updates to come! 🙂


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