January 24, 2011

So much to say

          When SB began speech therapy in October, the only words she could say were Mama, Dada and "da" (for that). She was 21 months old. Just before she turned two, she was diagnosed with a condition called Childhood Apraxia of Speech.
           Her former speech therapist believes she has made incredible progress for a child with Apraxia. And her prognosis is very good. We know she will talk - that is not in doubt. The only question is when. With the additional support her new preschool provides, we are optimistic.
          She is loving it there, and doing very well. They are amazed by her ability to concentrate and the amount of effort she puts in to her therapy. She has been described as a "very hard worker." I do not attend her therapy sessions any more, but I have special homework assignments to do with her each week.
          She gets excited when I ask if she wants to work on her flash cards. Each has an image and a coordinating sound/gesture. We have fun doing them together. We also find opportunities during play to practice her new sounds.
          Today, she can say:

Ba Ba (for Big Bird)
baboo (for balloon)
baby
ball
bath
bird
book
bowl
bubble
bug
bye bye
Daddy
dader (for water)
Dee Dee or Gee Gee (our dog's name is Shaggy)
dog
duck
eye
gat (for cat)
hi
ish (for fish)
me
milk
mine
Mommy
Mo Mo (for Elmo)
moo
more
my
no
num/yum
uh oh
yeah

          She can't say these words every time she tries, and often the ending of the word does not come out (especially when it is a consonant), but she can say them and does often. Lately we have been hearing at least one new word per week. She also babbles a great deal and makes a wide variety of sounds.
          In addition, she uses more than 200 ASL signs (the point at which I stopped counting). The pediatrician classified her as "bilingual" at her two year check up. I'd never looked at it that way, but I think it's pretty cool. For a kid who can't talk, she sure has a lot to say these days. And we think she has a beautiful voice!
      

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