Geo is a 4-year-old boy being raised bilingually in monocultural home.

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1. Geo went for his post-op appointment today and his ear is looking great! He still needs to heal over the course of the next two weeks or so but so far, so good! In July, he will have a hearing test to see how much his hearing has improved. He still reports that he is hearing much better and today he confessed that it is “really cool” to hear more!!! The doctor was really pleased to hear this. He said that most children do not express their ability to hear better and that they are “usually in the dark” after most children’s surgeries.

We are overjoyed by today’s good news and we are very excited for next month’s hearing test. Please keep those positive thoughts coming for Geo’s healing process. We greatly appreciate all your well-wishes!

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Back to his energetic, playful self 3 weeks after surgery!

2. Just this week, Geo (or should I say “Géo”?!) started singing a well-loved French song by Henri Dès. His older sister has been singing it around the house since she learned it with her class at school. It’s an adorable song called “Papa mon baiser.” To hear this sweet song and/or to purchase it, follow these directions: Click here. Then click on “La boutique” to the left. Choose “L’âne blanc” (the white donkey). Find the title of the song and click it: “Papa mon baiser.” Lastly, at the top click “écouter la chanson.”

While we were waiting in the doctor’s office today, Géo broke out in this song, once again, without prompting. I took advantage and grabbed my phone, opened my “Voice Memos” app and asked him to sing it again. To my utter surprise, he complied! Géo is not one to normally follow directions so willingly! In fact, Géo usually wants absolutely nothing to do with singing or speaking French…so this is a momentous event!!!!

Géo sang an abbreviated version and changes the second verse to “Maman,” much to mommy’s delight! The “tu me la fait tous les soirs” is quite a mouthful that he slides over. He can say his “s” and “z” sounds, but he does not do so in the word “baiser” or “soir” but really, who cares?!! It was music to my ears…speech-delayed errors and all!

Listen to Géo sing here.

Can Special Needs Kids be Bilingual?

This YouTube video was uploaded by LinguaHealth — Speech Therapy: Speech-language pathology experts provide advice and information to parents, speech-language pathology clinicians and students.

I was very pleased to hear the answers to this question from the experts in this video. Although we have had much support in favor of raising our speech-delayed son bilingually, there has also been several people sho disagree with our decision. Luckily, the experts in the field are the ones who time and again confirm for us that we have made the proper decision for our son!