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?