Sweet P started Early Intervention a month ago, and it has been such a positive experience so far! We started with a developmental therapist/early childhood specialist who comes to our house once a week. Even thought Sweet P has been notorious about going to or even smiling at new people, she has loved Ms. Jen from the first day she came and even stuck out her arms to be picked up! Sweet P must have sensed that Ms. Jen was an expert in kids her age.
I will admit that the developmental therapy is totally different than I had expected. I thought that she would spend time working one-on-one with Sweet P and working specifically on speech while I watched their interactions. But instead it’s more of her teaching me how to implement strategies to use with Sweet P throughout our everyday activities, routines, and play time. Each week Ms. Jen asks if there is anything specific I would like to work on with Sweet P and how she is progressing, and that guides our time together. We also follow Sweet P’s lead with what she’s interested in playing with during her time here. Since Little Piñata is at preschool during our scheduled times, I think Sweet P is mostly just really excited about the focused attention of two adults and no big brother to take her toys away, so she is usually all smiles through the whole hour.
Some of the things I’ve learned in the few weeks that Ms. Jen has been coming include being more intentional about literacy and simplifying how we read to her. I had never thought about it before, but since she has so few words (just one when we got started), she recommended we make books simpler by pointing out picture on each page and identifying it. It’s such a simple tip that I just hadn’t thought of before! She also recommended that we sing more simple kids’ songs with actions for Sweet P to connect words and motions together. So we have been singing “If You’re Happy and You Know It” around the house more.