Thursday, February 28, 2008
I think we've figured her out.
We've discovered her little secret.
Call me crazy but I think Maddie can read lips.
We've been wondering for awhile why there was such a huge disparity between the moderate hearing loss showed in her auditory test and her seeming ability to hear everything.
Tonight we finally stumbled upon the secret.
We were playing the nightly 'where is' game.
Where is Mama?
Where is Daddy?
Where is sabaka?
Where is Walla?...when Shad leaned in close and whispered 'Where is Nick.'
She quickly pointed him out.
'See,' Shad said. 'The tests were wrong.'
'No,' I argued. 'You weren't sitting there. You didn't see how she reacted and didn't react to the sounds. She didn't hear them. The tests were right. Here...I'll show you.'
So I proceeded to whisper questions at a lower and lower level.
Still, she kept answering correctly.
And then the light bulb finally went on.
'She's lip reading,' I told Shad.
I asked the same question again, this time with my hand in front of my face.
Maddie just stared at me.
I tried it again.
She looked at me and then at Shad, as if to say, 'When is she going to ask the question.'
Shad was dumbfounded.
I was amazed.
I asked the same question, this time without uttering a sound, just moving my lips.
'Where is daddy?'
She pointed straight at him.
Wow! My kid can lip read. No wonder the orphanage director thought she could hear just about everything.
She had them all snookered...
I told you she was one smart cookie!