November: Speech Therapy and a _____ Colored Balloon

First things first: Teagan would like everyone to know she’s going to have a little…

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SISTER! Thanks to Teag’s godmother Molly for the fab pictures (which I obviously haven’t purchased yet).   We are so excited!  My doc had us get a level two ultrasound (we opted out of the extra testing, but she didn’t give me much choice on this ;-)) and baby girl looks great!  I find it a tad bit amusing that my husband, who can grow a beard in a day, is very passionate about sports, and likes his truck and red meat cooked to a lesser temperate than I would consider edible is going to have two darling daughters.  So precious :-).

We’ve been in speech therapy for a month and a half now.  We do this once a week at Children’s, and twice a month with the school district.  Speech therapy looks a lot like playing – sometimes I have no idea what they’re going for, but Teagan really seems to enjoy it, so what the heck ;-).

We practice making noises – she’s got D and M down, and is getting better at T, V, and H.  We’re struggling with B…not as in she can’t make B’s, she can – she just doesn’t do it when you ask her to.

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Melissa and Teagan making noises in the mirror so she can see her mouth’s shape for different sounds.

At Children’s we also work a lot on baby sign language.  She’s pretty consistent with more (actually, it’s a more/again hybrid, but we’ll take it), go, up, and all done.  Working on sign doesn’t mean we’ve given up on talking – it’s just a step while she’s working on communicating with her voice.  Now that she’s learned more, for example, we work on making an “mmmm” sound when she makes the sign.

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When Teagan makes the sign for “go” she gets to go down the slide.

Jackie, our school district therapist, has given us some fun, homemade tools to work with.  We use these faces to make different animal noises.  Ideally, we’d hold up the animals and make sounds, then give to Teagan and she’d make them.  Right now, she just gets a big kick out of holding them up for Joel and I to make the sounds.

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A favorite of Teag’s is her songbook.  We’ve been able to tell for a long time how much she likes music.  This book has small pictures that depict a dozen or so different songs, and a velcro strip on the front.

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We put two pics on the front and she picks the one she wants and hands it to us.  This helps her with recognition and making choices.

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“Sing ‘Bingo’ please Mommy!”

So we sing a lot around our house.  Row Row Row Your Boat is her favorite.

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Slightly fuzzy picture of us “merrily merrily merrily-ing.”

Progress feels…slow.  At times, non-existent.  But we’ve been trying to teach her the more sign for like a year, and that she’s gotten four signs in about a month tells me something must be working.  Melissa sees progress because even though she doesn’t always make the sound you want her to, she usually tries (for example – we say B, she says D), and at this age, often times the biggest challenge in speech therapy is the kiddos not trying at all, or not even paying attention.  Joel feels that we will see a path similar to what we’ve seen in other therapy areas…very slow progress, and then all of a sudden a super quick uptick.  This happened with crawling, walking, and feeding herself.  I will try and be as optimistic as my husband :-).

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