In 2008, we decided to take all the kids to Walt Disney World. Joey had already been as a toddler, but it was the first trip for both the girls. Joey was just three and a half at the time and didn't talk. He had always been a quiet baby and as new parents, we chalked that up to him just being good natured. He rarely cried, smiled a lot and was just a lovable little guy. Well, at his three year check up, our pediatrician was concerned. Joey was still not really talking and basically using hand gestures to communicate what he wanted to us. Looking back now, we should have been more concerned about it sooner, but we'll add that to our list of lessons learned as new parents. Our pediatrician referred Joey to the Early Intervention Program, which qualified him to work with a speech and language specialist and then enter the preschool program at our local elementary school. He had been in the preschool program just 4 weeks when we made our way to Walt Disney World.
|This is Joey showing Minnie his Lightning McQueen shirt|