YOu have all heard me lament about how bad the Apraxia is
And in real life DH and I often talk about just how slow speech seems to be coming. Though we have a simply marvelous speechie now that we ( and R ) simply love . So he has had quality speech therapy from someone who really knows what she is doing and who he adores for a year now!
Still his Apraxia is really really bad
I dont usually attend his therapy session - its my time to hang out with DH, work out or do all the odds and ends that need to get done.
So when the session is over I can spend time with him.
Yesterday I thought I would record his speech therapy session. If we took a video recording every few months. Then a comparison of these recordings would be a better indicator of whether he was talking better or not.
His speechie had charts of categories ( things that are cold, things to wear etc ) and R is supposed to pick objects out of a bag and categorize them. He was doing this flawlessly but the thing that is the speech part of it is that he has to say out loud the name of the object
Here is a small clip of him saying the word "ice"
Sometimes his tongue does not know where to go.
So he cannot say sounds like "k". His speechie uses something that looks like a toothbrush to touch the part of the mouth that he is supposed to touch with his tongue in order to make that sound.
Yesterday I noticed something quite marvelous.
Whenever a situation came where he would have to say the sound "k" he started trying to put the brush in his mouth or hand it to his speechie so she could help him say K.
R's courage and hardwork inspire me and move me to tears all the at the same time
But mostly I feel full of hope.
With the kind of spirit that this child has, he WILL overcome!