So at the end of February/beginning of March I was talking to a friend who mentioned that the school district out here has a program called Child Find which offers free speech evaluation for the kids in the district (even under school age). So I called and got an appointment--which we finally had yesterday.
We went into their office and started out with a hearing and visual evaluation to make sure they didn't play into his speech. Then we went into this massive play room and there was our service coordinator and two speech pathologists in the room as they did the evaluation. On order to qualify for help the child's speech has to be at least 25% below the normal level. The evaluation pretty much involved them taking turns "playing" with Weston while the other asked me questions. They seemed to be really impressed with his physical and cognitive skills as well as with his focus and participation. They did different activities and "games" for about 30-40 minutes and couldn't stop gushing about how adorable and sweet he was. (I know!)
Anyway at the end of their evaluation they let me know that he definitely qualifies and is about at the 30% below normal level so starting in a couple weeks we'll have a speech therapist who will come to our house every week to work with him...and the best part is that it doesn't cost us anything. Sure I'm sad that this is a trial that we have to go through--especially with the new baby on his way, but I'm so thankful for the promptings that I received to get this checked out. I was so worried and had so many people tell me not to worry because boys talk later and that he'd just catch up, but to have the speech pathologist tell me thank you and that I did the right thing made me feel so happy. Phew! It's hard to be a mom :)
So I'll try and keep you all updated on how it goes, but we're looking forward to helping Weston develop into the amazing big boy that he already is trying to be!