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Thursday, October 19, 2006

Prayer for Justus

This is a letter I sent to my family, but I thought I'd share it on my blog, so that we could enlist all of you for prayer!

Hello Family!
I wanted to ask you to pray for Justus. We have recently started Justus in Speech Therapy, as you probably know. Rusty and I have been contemplating what is really going on with his speech. His frustration level has really escalated the last 2-3 weeks, and he is somedays filled with rage! He gets so angry that I don't understand what he wants sometimes, and he is hitting me and throwing things A LOT! He knows, with 100% certainty, that he will get a spanking for this. But he has no self-control. He is so frustrated! As you can imagine, I am frustrated too.
It seems pretty clear to us that Justus is not just exhibiting a normal speech delay. His receptive language has always been awesome, but his expressive language is hardly improving. He is really bright, so we are not at all worried about his IQ, but still he rarely intiates speech. He probably intiates 5 words in a day, with a total of maybe 12 words that he's able to say. I don't know if anyone else could recognize these "words" like we can. He has NO names for his brother and sister, who he's with his every waking moment, and no name to request his paci, still can't say the words he has been signing since he was barely a year old, etc. These are things he should definitely be saying on his own! There are so many reasons why we are feeling like this is more than a speech delay. (I could elaborate, but am trying to keep this brief.) I didn't retain everything from college, but just enough to have a slight edge in this area. (All this loan money should be worth something!) Obviously, Rusty has so much to offer in knowing what is on target developmentally as well. We know that it is no mistake that God put Justus in our family! Praise the Lord!
We spent several days praying before we approached his speech therapist with this. I was afraid, because he is so young, and nobody wants to diagnose a two-year-old with anything, that a SLP (Speech Language Pathologist) might dismiss me and say to give therapy more time. However, this could definitely change his management, and I don't want to waste another year in therapy, and him be a three-year-old who is hardly improved. So I prayed, and I approached this cautiously. But our prayer was fruitful, because our SLP, Brandi, seemed very open to this idea. (She and I were actually in school together at Baylor.) The Speech Disorder we think is a possibility is Speech Apraxia. (You can look at the website http://www.apraxia-kids.org/) But we truly are not qualified to make any assumptions. Only an SLP can do that. Thankfully, she was anxious to think about it, gather more info. on him, she listened to me, and she wants to research and talk to other SLP's. I could not ask for more.
Please pray for Brandi, that God would guide her and use her. Pray that we would find the right approach to help Justus communicate better. We are doing more signing, as suggested for kids with Apraxia, using the total-communication approach. Communication is my top priority!
More than all of that, pray for his healing. God can definitely give our little brown bear words if He chooses to. We know, no matter what, that God is going to use this all for His glory.
Thanks for loving Justus, and your prayers will mean so much!


Hendrick Family said...

We are praying!

Karen said...

Jenn I will definatly keep the little guy in my prayers! I hope all goes well and keep us updated! Have a blessed weekend!

Kathryn Berilla said...

know that Justus is in my heart and in my prayers.

lisasmith said...

Jenn...I'm totally praying..."He will rise with healing in his wings" Malachi 4:2

Lyns said...

Hey Jen,

Thanks for sharing this part of your life so that we can be lifting your family and sweet Justus up. We love you guys!


Anonymous said...

"...You perceive my thoughts from afar....before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O LORD."
Ps 139:2b,4

May God's healing bring Justus to one day utter words of praise and sing songs of glory.

I'm praying for all of you as you struggle to communicate. May He give you mercy and patience with one another. May Justus continue to bring blessing to your household. May Jesus have His way in you!


Your Homie for Life! said...
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Your Homie for Life! said...

We are praying for y'all and precious Justus!

Justin, Ana, Anika, and Ariana Williams

the Apels said...

I'm praying for all of you...thanks for keeping us updated so that we can pray and see God's healing in Justus...what an awesome day it will be!!

JudyD. said...

We will keep your family and sweet Justus in our prayers! Keep us updated, ok? And thanks for sharing your heart.

Erin said...

I'll be praying for sweet little Justus. Thanks for keeping us updated. I've been so blessed by your family!

Jennifer Bacak said...

Wow! I am so overwhelmed with your responses! Y'all are amazing!
Love you!

Garratts said...

Justus is in our prayers, what a cutie! THanks for sharing!


Arlene said...

God is faithful & brings good in every situation - may He be glorified through all of this!! I am praying and love you all!