Adventures in speech therapy #2

I thought it was time to add a bit of an update on how J is going with his speech therapy. I’ve just realised this blog of mine has been dominated by bump shots for the last few posts (better late than never, hey?), but really life has been busier than my navel gazing posts suggest.

Jarvis has now been back to the speech therapist twice since his initial consultation. We’re going every three to four weeks at this stage, which means that the bulk of the work is done here at home with the tools we’re given in our sessions.

Our speechie has armed us with a number of print outs with game ideas, exercises and information to draw out J’s words, which have been helpful as well as completely daunting.

I think it’s taken me the last few weeks to get in our stride with the exercises. The studious side of me (which is a fairly large part, I admit) at first found these take home exercises daunting as I felt I had to be doing them all. And in trying to tackle them all, to a pretty apathetic response, I felt I was failing and not doing enough.

But in the last week or so, I’ve realised how much progress we are making by changing the way we weave J’s core vocab words into our everyday play and routine. These things are now becoming second nature, which means it’s easy to feel we’re not really doing anything or not doing enough.

By working with the exercises we’re finding out the way that J prefers to learn and what methods work best to draw his words out.

He’s always been a big fan of books, so we’re working during story time to leave pauses in some of his favourite books for him to jump in with a sound or a word.

He has also been responding really well to some counting and alphabet flash cards we bought, so I’m currently in the process of making up flash cards of his key words and names with corresponding pictures or photos. It’s going to be a craft project this week for J to help glue the pictures on and then I’ll laminate them. I think this will help both him and us weave a bit of focused word time into his play everyday.

The other techniques is to just get out and about and experience things and talk about them during and afterwards. This has always been something I’ve done, but have been taking the talking up a notch hoping it’s sinking in somehow!

He has been repeating quite alot of words back to us now which is heartening and he’s starting to make progress in using them when asking for things ‘pwease’ is now a regular and welcome addition to his repetoire.

Our speechie has also suggested quite a few apps that I’ve downloaded on the iPad and iPhone which have garnered mixed results. I think I’ll dedicate my next ‘speech therapy’ post to this as there really are some great learning apps out there and techniques using this technology.

Many times in my parenting journey with J,  I’ve marvelled at other children that just seemed to reach their milestones with ease and I wanted that for my boy and for my self as well. I struggled with feeling inferior, despite knowing we were doing all the right things.

But I’m happy to say I’m finally finding myself at peace with that old adage that the biggest rewards in life comes from its biggest challenges. And hearing my boy start to utter more and more words is a pretty sweet reward at the moment.

How do you rise to your parenting challenges? Any other parents out there taking their children to a speech therapist? Are you getting results?

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6 thoughts on “Adventures in speech therapy #2

  1. Good to hear that you have found a way to help your son, and to ease your time spent doing the exercises.
    We used to do speech therapy with our oldest and our fourth son. It was worth it in the long run, but at first it felt weird!
    I am not really good at doing ‘homework” as such! But with practice the exercises became second nature. Our boys never like to sit still so we had to work out games where they could combine movement and speech
    All the best with your son.
    PS- our oldest is now in the navy and you wouldnt know that he had speech therapy when he was younger 🙂
    Cheers
    Lisa

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  2. Oh we probably should get lufflump into a speech therapist but he improves daily as it is now. I’m scared too.
    I look forward to reading more of your journey!

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    • I think if you’re happy with how lufflump is going then stick with it and he’ll probably get there in his own time anyway. But I can recommend just getting the assessment done and seeing if there are any issues as it really did set my mind at ease to have that done – even though it freaked me out at the same time! x

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  3. So glad that you have found a way to help your son. I know its easier said than done but never let yourself feel down for not reaching your goals. It just means that you may have to try a little bit harder to get to wher eyou need to go. Things will get easier.

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