Thursday, September 15, 2011
Today Zoe started a preschool speech therapy group called Pickles.
Speech Therapy has been a bit frustrating for me so far. They have given some good tips, but at the same time the community Speech Therapists don't seem to know quite how to deal with a cleft lip/palate child. Especially, when it comes to finding ways to fix the amount of air that is released when Zoe talks.
We will see how it goes with this community health centre and if I feel it isn't working we will have to head back to the University Hospital to see the Speech Therapist in the Cleft Lip/Palate clinic.
We have been focusing on fixing one sound at a time and encouraging her to speak clearly so that we can understand her. After four years of talking the way she talks, it doesn't occur to her to even try to speak clearly and she automatically speaks in sentences where she leaves off many different sounds in each word, so it can be a guessing game as to what she is trying to say.
I didn't really know if this technique was sinking in, but the other day she actually heard one of the sounds we work on (ffffff) and corrected herself!