Mia is doing so well. It might seem in some ways as if we are not moving on – we are still on the ‘p’, ‘b’ and ‘m’ sounds. I am working on them individually still to maintain the level of accuracy we have achieved, but we are also doing some consonant vowel words (CV) and even a CVCV – ‘Mummy’! I work on ‘Mia’ as she finds it hard to maintain the outbreath and tends to break it into two ‘me’ and ‘a’ with a gap. And it will be cool for her to be able to say her own name ‘normally’!
I have also started reading with Mia. She has been doing an online reading programme called Reading Eggs for sometime now. It doesn’t require her to be able to read out loud, which was of course going to be an issue! However, I started some of the Biff and Chip books that they do in school. They may seem a little dull to some, but they are repetitive, which is great if you are wanting to repeat practising the same words over and over. We have also been honing our ‘c’ sound – which came remarkably easily in a session with Hannah and has just stuck : ) Some of the words in the books like ‘Kipper’ and even ‘took’ have had a lovely ‘c’. The fact that Mia is trying to read every word, some of them understandable, but often with the wrong consonant at the end e.g. a ‘c’ instead of a ‘d’, is somewhat of a miracle. I feel a little as if I can’t accept it is really happening after all we have been through!
We have been working on ‘yes’ and ‘no’ and Mia has already turned it into a ‘yeah’ lol! It is lovely to ask a question and have a verbal answer! With intonation too! We go Musical Talkers which is run by our speech therapy practise on a Saturday. It is singing and playing with simple percussion instruments. Mia’s Daddy has been amazed at the difference it has made – Mia is making much more effort to talk with confidence, intonation is really coming on and best of all Mia LOVES it! She now has changes in pitch and will attempt to sing along with us! In fact, I videoed Mia singing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star on my phone to show Hannah, and as I was playing it to Hannah during our speech therapy session Mia started singing along – who would have thought?! There is a evidence to show that the rhythm and pitch changes in music and song can help children like Mia – speech is partly about rhythm and pitch too! And the results speak for themselves!
The other day Mia was screeching in a way that she has developed for even a tiny bit of pain or discomfort. I said ‘We say “Ow!” when we hurt ourselves and modelled it, pretending rather dramatically to have hurt my leg. I forgot about it. Tonight Mia showed me a sore toe. I put cream on it, and she walked around saying what was clearly an ‘ow’ – and rather enjoying it she was too!!
Her difficulty is still so pronounced, and I waver from ‘Wow – isn’t this amazing – she is doing so well!’ to ‘Is she ever going to be able to talk?!’. So I must remind myself how far she has come since we started working with The Talking House in just a few months. I am hoping if we can have more of Julie Anstey and her PROMPT technique, maybe a small batch or block of sessions, every now and again to top us up, she will really come on in leaps and bounds.
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