Friday, June 17, 2011

Speech Therapy

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This week was another appointment with Zoe's Speech Pathologist. She was so impressed with the improvements Zoe has made within even a few months.

Zoe's comprehension of the English language has improved a lot, as well, she is pronunciating her words more clearly all the time. She seems to have the most trouble with SH, S, TH and F sounds. When Zoe rambles off a long sentence, she can sometimes still be very difficult to understand. There were even a few times that I had to tell the SP what Zoe was saying. But for the most part, with one correction, Zoe would copy.

She was so cute to watch with the SP. She opens right up and dives right in. A room full of toys and books just might have something to do with it!

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We will now be starting regular sessions with a speech therapist that is closer to our home.

I did find that a few of the tricks that the speech pathologist used are very helpful...

When she has trouble with one of her sounds, I will make this motion, she will mimic me, and say it properly usually the first try.

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Ssssss...
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Sssshhh...
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If anyone else has any tips that work for their cleft lip/palate afflicted children... please share!

9 comments:

Tina Michelle said...

Aww, she is so cute. Sounds like she is getting it and speech is helping. Glad you learned some tricks to use in between visits. I always loved watching the speech therapist visit our kids at the daycare. It was such a neat process.

Beth said...

I found the speech therapy very interesting - something I might have been interested in if I was much younger:) Both mine needed to go for different reasons and they sure had the most exciting stuff! Ava was quite sad to stop. We even had to go to the store and find one of the games she loved so much. They are very dedicated people. I'm sure miss Zoe will do well with their help. Looks like she's all over those physical cues already! Way to go Zoe.

Jireh-Shaddai said...

Aww, she is lovely!! my little brother has gone to a speech therapist too.

Marie said...

Love the hand signals! Malia has never been in speech therapy. The therapist we saw thought her language was coming along fine and would continue to develop well. She gave us a list of helpful hints. We found we were doing most of them. The one we still struggle with is slowing down when we speak and pronouncing each word very clearly. We often ask Malia to repeat herself, or say "pardon me" until she speaks clearly. Some sounds are incorrect simply because she has gotten into the habit of saying them incorrectly, rather than that she can't say them. Malia is a very good sport and never minds being corrected.

the meaklims said...

I can't belive how amazing she's doing! Lilah also has trouble with TH and L words. If she slows down she can say them fine, but she is so used to saying w for l and f for th. I think it's a developmental thing though! She has been trying harder recently, I don;t make an issue with her, but rather just repeat it correctly. I don't know if that's the right thing to do or not.

I love the tricks the speech pathologist gave you.

Zoe, you are amazing!

Jill

Patrick and Christina said...

Zoe sounds like she is doing well. The pictures just tell me how comfortable and content she has become in your family. It just makes me smile :)

We just had our first speech advice appointment too. The hand signals look very similar to what we learned for the same sounds. We are to draw down the arm with one finger to indicate that the "S" is a long sound which needs more wind. For "F" we over exaggerated the lower lip behind the upper teeth. "Sh" is the same and we are to draw the finger away to encourage the sound to be held. We are no where near trying "TH" as even p and b are not yet clear. I am trying to pick books to read with lots of f's and sh (i.e. fish books) as target sounds thinking more exposure might help.

Let me know if you any more tricks or tips.

Monica said...

Way to go, Zoe! We had several years of speech therapy with Maimie. I think she was about 4 1/2 when the doctor decided to try pharyngeal flap surgery. Some of her sounds simply weren't physically possible for her before the surgery. Afterwards, it was almost like magic how clearly she was able to make several of the sounds. Even so, working with the speech therapist and with mommy everyday makes such a big difference.

Ellie said...
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Ellie said...

Way to go Zoe! That is awesome - and so encouraging! Our 8 year old has dyspraxia of speech (neurological speech disorder) What a blessing that Zoe's speech is improving so quickly!

These photos of your beautiful Zoe are fabulous - I love them!

xo ellie