April 4, 2011

My gung ho girl

           SB continues to make incredible progress with her speech. She is attempting to imitate almost everything she hears. She is a talking fool. We hear new words from her almost daily. And we LOVE it!
          Like many kids her age - with and without diagnosed speech issues - her enunciation leaves a lot to be desired. But we understand her most of the time, and combined with her signing, her communication skills are excellent. She continues to learn new signs at a rapid pace as well.
          The speech therapists at SB's school describe her as an "eager beaver." They are amazed by her ability to concentrate and apply herself. She has also quickly become known as quite the over achiever.
          While at school, the children participate in various activities and in group speech therapy. Each child also receives 30 minutes of one-on-one therapy. SB has been sitting in on some of the other kids' sessions. Particularly the ones who are older than her and farther along with their speech.
          When one of the speech therapists told me this, my first thought was that SB was being disruptive to the other children's therapy. They don't see it that way at all. They love it.
          At this stage of SB's therapy, the focus is on building her confidence. The therapists work with her on things they know she can do, so she will succeed and be eager to continue applying herself. Keep in mind, she has been there for only three months.
          If she wants to challenge herself, they are all for it. The kids whose sessions she is sitting in on are working on sounds that should be far too complicated for her. Most of the time, she cannot make them. But it doesn't frustrate her. She just keeps trying. And sometimes, she succeeds.
          She is also receiving physical therapy one day a week now. Apraxia is a motor planning disorder, and it is not uncommon for it to affect more than speech. SB was recently evaluated by the Occupational and Physical Therapists at the school.
          Her fine motor skills test scores were on the very low side of what is considered the normal range. The OT is not recommending therapy at this time. She offered to show me some things I can do to work with SB at home instead.
          SB scored much lower on her gross motor skills test. There are a number of concerns, all of which are valid, and my hubby and I agreed she could benefit from therapy.
          We don't want her life to be all about therapy. But the physical therapist at her school is fabulous, and SB has fun playing with her for 30 minutes one day a week. I have no doubt my little gung ho girl will excel in this area, too.
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