Therapy

This page describes the various kinds of therapy Mia needs.

Speech and Language Therapy

Intensive speech and language therapy, of up to 5 sessions a week, is the recommended treatment for Verbal Dyspraxia. Mia’s daddy and I spend all day every day encouraging speech and more complex signing to help Mia build up an understanding of language and it’s rules.

‘It is particularly important that a child with verbal dyspraxia receives speech and language therapy delivered by a therapist with relevant experience.  Children with severe verbal dyspraxia may require intensive levels of therapy in order to make progress.’
Afasic (www.afasicengland.org.uk), a support group for parents of children with speech and language difficulties.

Mia currently has one session of speech and language therapy per week with a fantastic therapist called Hannah McMillan. We want to increase her speech therapy to 5 sessions per week to tackle her language and speech problems. Hannah is working with a very experienced therapist called Julie Anstey of The Talking House, and between them they are devising a plan of action to help tackle Mia’s speech and language problems and help her move forward and progress more quickly. She has progressed in the last 3 years, but slowly, and the concern is that she will get to an age and her development will plateau. We need financial help to get the appropriate therapy now before that can happen.

TalkTools

Widely used in the USA, TalkTools is a fun approach using equipment to strengthen speech muscles around the mouth and jaw, and help reduce food sensitivity/ hyposensitivity. There are tools to help build up breath control to facilitate speech too. The tools have a hierarchy that you move through as the child progresses. They help develop speech sound patterns and good oral motor skills.

For more information visit the TalkTools web site.

PROMPT

“PROMPT is an acronym for Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets. The technique is a tactile-kinesthetic approach that uses touch cues to a patient’s articulators (jaw, tongue, lips) to manually guide them through a targeted word, phrase or sentence. The technique develops motor control and the development of proper oral muscular movements”

Our experienced Speech Therapist, Julie Anstey, is trained in PROMPT, one of about 30 in the UK, although it is very popular in the USA. It seems to really help Mia get a feeling of how her ‘speech equipment’ should be making sounds e.g. lips together to make a ‘mmmm’ and a ‘g’ comes from your throat.

For more information visit the PROMPT web site.

Fast Forword

This is a computer program, played with headphones on that will help Mia with:

  • increasing her attention span and ability to focus
  • the rate and efficacy of Mia’s ability to process the speech sounds that she hears
  • improving her ability to process language
  • her sequencing. It will improve her understanding of the order of sounds and letters

An independent study has shown it to be as effective as a 3 sessions of conventional speech and language therapy every week. We are using it primarily to help train Mia’s auditory and language processing ability.