Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Ian, your biggest accomplishment in the last month is your climbing ability. You can climb anything! You climb onto the chairs--all of them, onto the kitchen table, up your new rockwall, and into bed--especially to snuggle with Daddy if he's still sleeping. You can also climb down the stairs, using your scoot-on-your-bottom-and-plop-on-the-stair-below method. It made me nervous at first, but at least you were trying to be safe.
Ian's therapist came to our home today for the first official session. She gave us different exercise assignments to work on over the next couple of weeks; a few include:
*wiggle tongue and stick out as far as possible (That's good to teach, right?)
*drink thick drinks through a straw (Ian had a Chickfila milkshake today. Hey, doctor's orders.)
*use a whistle
*use a big-boy cup each day
*bite small pieces from a bigger piece of food
The exercises, most of which we were already doing, are intended to strengthen Ian's mouth muscles to better produce sounds. The pressure sounds Scottish Rite wants him to produce are not supposed to be mastered until 2, and some, even 3 years old. They need to know if he is capable to determine if he will need a surgery to help correct his speech. We are hoping speech therapy will help. No one wants another surgery.
As far as his word production goes, he is doing great! At least I am impressed. He has started talking much more and attempts to say pretty much everything we do. Scary, right? New words include, but are not limited to:
side (for outside)
Monday, June 29, 2009
Before: Ian unsuspecting of what we were up to.
It was at this point when I changed my mind. Too late...
After: Finished product. Not too bad, it's just taking some getting used to. This cute kid can pull it off though.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
What's even better is the fact that now is when he is supposed to be speaking sentences. Between 19-24 months is when toddlers should begin stringing words together. Ian is 19 months! This is very exciting considering he was told to have a moderate speech delay. That's not to say he doesn't have a lot to work on, but at least we're making it in the right direction. He will also say, "Bye-bye, [insert name]." Yay for progress! I am interested to see what the speech therapist says next week for our first session. Wish us luck!
Monday, June 15, 2009
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Just to warn you, it's pretty long (about 45 minutes) and if you're like me, you may need some tissues nearby.
Saturday, June 6, 2009
We set up goals we would like to accomplish in Ian's speech. After 6 months of therapy, we would like to see better production of the pressure consonants. After 12 months, we would like to see more understandable communication by Ian.
He has started using more words on a regular basis. For example:
hot (pulls hand away quickly)
He has started signing:
We are excited to see what else he will be learning in the next months!