Saturday, March 3, 2012

It's probably not a random fascination ...

My 3 year old son G, was slow to talk.  When he did begin really talking, it was in full sentences, though very hard to decipher.  He substitutes a lot of his consonants with easier ones.  He's getting clearer now, and we're getting better at understanding him.

Lately, though, he has a new fascination.  He's not Thomas the Tank Engine.  He's not Lightning McQueen.  Most of the time he's Bumblebee, the Transformer with the broken voice box.  He races around the room as Bumblebee, saves the day as Bumblebee, occasionally he imitates Bumblebee's electronic voice.

I can't help but wonder if he connects with Bumblebee simply because he's cute and yellow ... or if he connects with Bumblebee because he recognizes his own frustration with not always being understood.  He's not saying why he likes Bumblebee, so I can merely suppose. But right now, today, he's declaring, "I is Bumblegee!"

I love my G, whether he's being Bumblegee, WhooWhoo (Thomas the Tank Engine), or ArrArr (Lightning McQueen ... though he is trying to say Lightning these days).

Maybe when he's better able to articulate his sounds, he'll want to be Optimus Prime instead.

April E.


  1. Your observation that he might relate to Bumblebee because of his annunciation challenges is interested. My middle daughter had a deep, raspy voice for a long time and she was very difficult to understand. People wouldn't take the time to listen to her and attempt to decipher what she had said; they'd simply look at her, nod their head, and say "Mmm Hmmm." or "Oh yeah?" She knew they weren't really understanding her and she was drawn to the few people who would stop and listen. It improved with the removal of her tonsils and adenoids when she was 4, but she had already conviced herself that her voice sounded the way it did because she had swallowed a chicken bone when she was a baby. It wasn't true, but it's amazing what goes through a child's mind when they cannot communicate effectively. Even with sign language, if others don't understand it, the child still cannot communicate. I hope G finds some comfort in having someone with whom to identify.

  2. I have another daughter (preteen) with a deep voice, who talks way too fast. Though she now pronounces most words correctly, the deepness of her voice, combined with the speed, makes her hard to understand at times. She needs to slow down and enunciate by giving more emphasis to her consonants, but she rarely takes the time. I am hoping as she enters her teen years she will care more what others think and try harder to speak slow and clear. She is capable, but gets in a hurry. She leans toward an ADHD temperament, though we have not sought a diagnosis or treatment.


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