Well, here we are. Little Bug has officially started speech therapy. At his 15 month appointment, he was saying zero words, and was not even able to open his mouth to make sounds that were needed to form words. We’ve been working with him and trying to get him to talk more or to try to form words, and at his 18 month appointment, he still had exactly zero words. So, our pediatrician referred us to a private speech therapist, and we started therapy today.
Again, we were told that he’s doing ok so far. Not actually behind because he is communicating, just not using words. Physically, he is ahead of the game, which is nice to hear, but verbally, he is a little behind. It’s sort of confusing because from our perspective, he is having a hard time even moving his mouth in a way that would form words, but from the speech therapist’s perspective, he is trying and his communication beyond actual words is ahead of other kids his age. So, we have a list of exercises to try with him over the next couple of weeks to see if we can get him using his mouth in a way that works towards forming words. We were told to use the “m” sound to get him rolling, and part of this will be having LeLe help by trying to get Little Bug to mimic the sounds that LeLe is making. I think that this will be a great exercise because Little Bug wants to do pretty much anything LeLe is doing so it should have good results.
The other exercise we will be trying is to tap out syllables on Little Bug’s chest when we are trying to get him to recognize or use a word. Once we’ve demonstrated the tapping a few times, we are then supposed to ask him to tap it to us. If he does, he can have a reward, which in our case will be whatever object we are trying to get him to recognize. This should be kind of fun and easy, without any pressure for him or for us.
Overall, the session was ok. I am excited about using new ways to encourage him to talk, but there was a difference in parenting ideas between Mr. Cereal and me and the therapist. I think she could feel it too, and she actually referred us to a different therapist within the practice for our follow-up visit in a few weeks. I could feel Mr. Cereal getting kind of frustrated with her during the session, and while I was trying to keep an open mind, I also was a bit put off by the parenting suggestions. These were outside the speech therapy area, and bordered on philosophical parenting ideas, so that was kind of strange.