ARCHIE’S FIRST SPEECH THERAPY SESSION

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A is two next week & has no speech whatsoever, not even baby babble. I suppose this is ‘normal’ as children develop at their own pace but given his other ‘issues’ (you can read about it here) I find it worrying. About six weeks ago the Speech Therapist came to see us to assess A’s needs and thankfully she agreed that speech therapy is the way forward. Yesterday was his first session and it actually went pretty well.

A’s not great around people he doesn’t know, he’s happy to be in the same room as other people he just doesn’t like to interact with them so as long as you keep your distance he’s fine; so you can imagine his initial reaction when she started the session, full on meltdown!

However after some perseverance & some toys he actually started to engage a little. During the play simple, single words are introduced, up, down, push, pull etc based on what he is doing. I have to remember not to confuse him by adding too many words too soon as he just doesn’t understand.

He can’t follow instructions or communicate what he wants so this just leads to him getting extremely frustrated & having a major tantrum. Due to his lack of, but desperate need for communication we’re also starting basic sign language which I’m hoping he will pick up so he can start to tell us what he wants. Fingers crossed we’ll start to see some changes soon.

Has anyone had any similar experiences or offer any words of advice? Thanks

 

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7 Comments

  1. October 24, 2014 / 5:36 pm

    Hello lovely lady, my brother had speech therapy and now you can’t shhh him up! Ha Ha. Your LO is still so young, he’ll get there just keep an eye on and make sure you have access to absolutely EVERYTHING you could possible need, He is a handsome boy. Sorry I can’t be of any help! But you are doing amazing! Keep doing what you are doing! xxx

    • gymbunnymum
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      October 25, 2014 / 11:24 am

      Thanks so much, a bit of support & encourage really helps us keep positive xx

  2. November 11, 2014 / 6:02 pm

    Hi, it all seems daunting at first but I agree with the comment above. Make sure you’re accessing all the support you’re entiitled to, keep positive and go at a pace that feels right for you all. He will get there. We had Speech & Lang therapy for a while as D had very stilted speech and she can regress when stressed but is so much more confident now.
    There are some great apps that can help with communication and encouraging speech.
    Good luck 🙂
    Thanks for linking up with #SSAmazingAchievements

    • gymbunnymum
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      November 11, 2014 / 6:07 pm

      Thanks, our Health Visitor has been great. We’ve got an appointment next week to go through all the paperwork to determine what support he should get in terms of ongoing therapies etc We;re just trying to keep positive as we’ve been lucky enough to access help earlier than some

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