I Can’t Understand You


I get so frustrated when I can’t understand what he is saying.

I ask him to repeat it, again and again, and can’t figure it out. I get frustrated and so does he until I finally reply with a yes or a no and hope I just answered correctly to what he was saying or asking.

We’ve been through this song and dance since he was 18 months old and have just not been able to understand the works and sounds coming out of his mouth. Something just wasn’t right, and we started the search to help him.

We reached out to our primary care physician and state agencies for help in the first few years of life.

We soon realized, we needed to be our child’s advocate and voice, since we couldn’t understand his.

When we started speech therapy at preschool, it helped. He was working once a week with the speech therapist at school, but he needed more.

The children’s hospital had a 6-month waitlist for speech therapy evaluations before he could begin therapy, and that did not sit well with me. He needed help now!

I called almost every day asking what I could do until I talked to the right person (or wore them down by now). We could use his latest IEP (Individual Education Plan)and fast-track the evaluation and he could be seen sooner.

This was a GAME CHANGER for our little guy’s speech. Miss Marsha entered our life and he has been full steam ahead ever since. We visit her weekly for a 45-minute session, and it has been amazing to see his growth.

We can understand most of what he is saying now and if we can’t we have him slow down and practice the skills she has taught us.

His little voice is so cute and he is mastering the skills and the sounds that he is learning and now he won’t stop talking!

I guess that is just what we wanted, now he has his own voice!

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I am a Buckeye by birth, but LOVE Louisville. We have cheered for those Louisville Cardinals for a few years when my stepdaughter played basketball in Louisville and fell in love with the city! I live in Ohio with my husband Tony. Together we have 6 kids, Joe, and his wife Allison, Austin, and his wife Hannah, Sydney and her husband Hayden, Andrew and his wife Lauren and our littles, Max and Eli. Did I mention we are a little nuts starting over with this parenting thing when we are 45+? We are officially a Tiki and Jeep (our version of Grandma and Grandpa) since May of 2022 and have 2 grandsons with a 3rd on the. My husband and I are both ministers, and we get to work together in a local church. We were both married before and brought our families together in 2010. After a few years of marriage, we felt God's leading for us to adopt. We added Max to our family in 2014 and Eli joined us in 2017, our quiver is officially full! Blending our family has been an adventure! Add some ex-spouses and two birth mommas and we have ourselves a crazy crew! Coffee is my love language. The beach is my happy place and I long to have my toes in the sand.


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