Whispered Excitement

Micah has one volume, and it's OUTDOOR LOUD. This is espeically fun when he's trying to whisper in your ear. My ears are still ringing from his whispers two days ago.

We've discussed this unnatural speech flaw with a therapist who suggested that since he can't actually speak, he misses the part where volume control must happen. I'm not sure if it makes sense or not, but the fact of the matter is that the boy is loud.

This is both good and bad. I can let Becky go shop by herself in Wal-Mart and know that she'll find me when she's ready. I'll have Micah. He's like a beacon. I've used him to locate Sam in a store many times. In fact, friends will tell us that they heard Micah in the grocery store the other day, but they just didn't see us. The kids find it embarrasing on occasion. As a mom, I've learned to live with it. We've tried the whole shhhhhh thing, and he's so quick to pick up on it. He'll put his finger to his lips and shhhhh right along with us, then laugh loudly and start yelling about the fact that we have to shush.

The other night our nephew stayed over and Micah wanted to sleep with all the boys, so we let him. I understand that there will be a fair amount of talking and whispering going on before sleep finally overtakes the kids, but Micah so excited that his normally loud voice was more keeping the outside dogs awake kind of loud.

*Sigh.*

There are some things that just escape him. Apparently a muted voice is one of them.

10 comments:

Michelle said...

Oooo, I never thought that the speech delays might be the reason for the lack of volume control. Great observation, thanks!

And I'll take the child that you can never lose because of his voice over the one who is quiet and sneaks away anyday!

Flea said...

You need to get him one of those devices that trumpet players use to muffle the volume. :)

Trannyhead said...

Dude - whatever deficiency Micah has apparently my husband has, too. I say things like "Shhh - I have yet another heinous sinus headache" and he yodels at lawnmower volume and frolics with my kid.

Aimee said...

Fiver's only volume setting is FULL. The dude is super-loud, so I feel you! The OT says that it's due to his variety of modulation issues, but I think part of it might just be him. Who knows, we just work with it . . .

the planet of janet said...

wonderhubby's natural volume setting is loud louder loudest.

but at least i can find him in a crowd as well ;-)

utmomof 5 said...

I have one of those too. He is 11 and has no excuse. Drives me crazy!

Burgh Baby said...

Seriously, what @trannyhead said. I swear that my man has exactly two volumes: asleep and LOUD. I can't tell you how many times I've asked him why he's yelling at me about something silly, like where to go for dinner.

I hope Micah outgrows it. Truly.

imbeingheldhostage said...

instead of trying to get Micah to change, why not change the world around him? Free earplugs for all :-)

I imagine his laugh (even loud) is infectious.

Karen Deborah said...

interesting, another component of being hard of hearing.

JennyH said...

Max is LOUD as well. He yells, screams, and moans all the time! However when running lose in a store he is quiet. All except for his elephant stomp and heavy breathing!! HA