Before Joy, my sister-in-law, left for Al Ain, Abu Dhabi to work as a nurse, she have one thing in mind: to be able to support for her family, especially their son who, according to the pedia, showed signs of autism. I'm not exactly sure if the diagnosis was correct. Before SIL left, Brandon seldom talks, and if he tries to talk, he just babble the words. He's about to turn 4 years old by then and it already worried my SIL and my brother, Florante.
He just turned 4 years old recently and thankfully, after few sessions with the speech therapist, Brandon learned to be very talkative. Just as of late, whenever I call them at home, I often hear him talk and say "Hi Tita!" and sometimes even say "I love you, Tita!". That definitely makes my day. My Mom brags about him being talkative and hyperactive. I just can imagine how exhausting it could be attending to my nephew. We still hope that the diagnosis of autism is not correct. I think it's just normal for kids to be hyperactive especially with the boys.
I think my brother and my sister-in-law's decision of bringing my nephew to a speech therapist greatly helped on the improvement of my nephew's speech deficiency. Speech-Language Pathologist Jobs is not that common here in the Philippines and it takes a lot of money to be able to afford a speech pathologist. Yet, I'm really thankful that there's that profession which could be a great help especially to kids who need special attention for speech.
I can't wait to go home and to be able to finally have a chitchat with our ever-exuberant Brandon! :)