Friday, February 6, 2009

trying something new....

Liv is stubborn. She gets that from her mom and her dad.

That doesn't work in our favor in the speech department.

She doesn't want to talk. She is content saying her gibberish. She doesn't try.

I was researching online on some message boards about kids with speech problems.

I came upon these videos, made by Speech Therapists.



We tried them out this afternoon. They are great for getting babies to make sounds with their mouths. Kids that want to learn, that is... The lady on the DVD would look at us, and say something like "ba ba ba ba ba", and I'd look at Liv and try to encourage her to try. She just curled up in my lap, and said "yey-yev" which is her new "word" for everything....

I'm hoping that with repetition, she'll learn to enjoy watching these,
and someday maybe even try to talk!

4 comments:

Heidi @ Tayterjaq's Rebels said...

Good Luck! Hopefully it will work!

unc said...

If (Liv) has no comprehension difficulties then, as all her needs seem to be met without her extra effort, why should she make the effort (to learn to speak)?
Similar w/the crib-to-bed transition...

'difficult for a child to move from "I am the center of my own universe" to realize she's part of something larger. Interaction would be a good thing -- if she's in the midst of other children, she'll need to make her desires known to be included within the group...

Carla said...

My daughter Chelsea didn't talk at age 2 either and was just as stubborn! We tried speech therapy right when she turned 2 (through an early start program) but she wouldnt even consider doing anything they wanted her to do so we stopped going. I tried again right before she turned 3 with a private therapist and even then it was a battle.

The therapist mainly played with her the whole time but at the same time she would ask her things that required a one word answer rather than a yes or no answer (ie: "do you want the little people toy or the book?" instead of "do you want the book?") and she didnt get any of it til she tried to say the word. All attempts were praised and rewarded. If she cooperated throughout the session, she got a little candy and some stickers at the end and that made her happy.

It was really hard and frustrating though and she had tantrums over not wanting to speak a lot!

So after a few sessions, I figured I could do it at home (it was expensive!) and she finally did take off at about 3 and a half--and it was *when she was ready*, not when I was ready!

I got her re-evaluated at age 4 or 5 (I dont remember exactly) and was thrilled to find out that she was at age level in all speech areas, just from me doing the following things myself at home: I did not use anything formal at all--I read a lot of books to her everyday, we sang songs with hand motions, I did not ask yes or no questions, and I required her to at least try to say the word of what she wants before she could have what she was wanting. ("Do you want milk or water?" instead of "do you want milk?")

She is now 6, and is in first grade--she is one of the three top readers in the class and understands everything she reads too. She is at age level in all speech areas and the speech therapist was thrilled with how well she got caught up without having really any therapy. She even complimented me for doing a great job!

I hope that encourages you....when I did the four things I mentioned above, she was less defensive about it because she wasnt in the therapy environment. The reading and singing was normal to her, we just had to keep at it everyday so it would help her speech development.

Hope this helps, and feel free to ask any questions if I left something out or am not making sense! : )

Carla said...

Oh and btw, she did not start preschool at all until she was 4 and a half years old because of health issues, and she was within the normal range by that time. So that whole time I did what I listed in my first comment, she wasnt around groups of kids--it was just me and her and I talked to her all day long!

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