Well, today we went to our weekly speech and language therapy appointment. We had a week of working on ‘p’, ‘b’ and ‘m’. So, the verdict was ‘p’ and ‘b’ were better, but the ‘m’ was still being produced with the lower jaw stuck forward and more like a strange ‘brr’. That would make sense as I struggled to help Mia with the ‘m’, not being sure when stuck in the heat of the moment without the expertise just what I was supposed to be doing. Now I do know what I am doing with the ‘m’ and I hope next week Hannah will see Mia has made progress there too. Mia’s bubble and harmonica blowing seems to have strengthened her a little too. Homework for next week is working on retaining directions to get Mia working her brain in that area. For example asking Mia to do a small list of 2/ 3 things such as give me a blue, green and red ball to see if she can retain all the words I have said and follow the directions.
These tiny steps are miniscule in the grand scheme of things, but after years of seeing improvements over (sometimes many) months to see small improvements over a week is monumentally encouraging for us. Mia is a long way off being able to speak effectively, but we are moving in the right direction with a strong, organised and strategic plan! But it all costs a lot of money, I do hope we can raise the funds we need to keep up with it.