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Speech Therapy Works

The good news is things no matter how dire the current moment, things almost always improve.  How do I know that?  It’s lesson the people I’ve helped over the years have taught me. It’s something a two year with a developmental language delay who at three could say at best five words and today speaks volumes.  The child classified within the autism spectrum, who six months later is off the spectrum. The little girl with Cerebral Palsy mastery over sign language. It’s the success stories of these individuals and the many many others who have collectively taught me the role of patience.

Not every case is cut and dry and as a therapist I offered a forecast for how things may turn out, but I didn’t always know exact moment when the tide would turn.

So does patience automatically appear when told your child has a language or speech delay? No… simply knowing its importance may not make the process any easier. It’s reasonable to want solutions to come about quicker. The attribute of patience is having the vision to understand and see the accomplishments your child makes over the course of their speech therapy program. It’s pushing aside the worry of the moment in favor of a developing confidence that things will be better than what’s happening in a particular moment. The ability to appreciate and see the little steps a child takes toward a therapy goal.

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On Babbling…

Lately, I’ve witnessed that sometimes my 6 month year old grandson “Jack” is quiet and sometimes he talks a ton. I noticed also there are times when I want him to babble and he won’t make a peep. There appears a window of sorts that suddenly opens and sounds come forth.

The cool part of this window is that it can open at any time . Often it catches me by surprise. I’m working writing this blog, or in the kitchen cooking  and out of the quiet comes an array of sounds – “ah, ga. eeee. iiii ” with an occasional “h,m or even a “ba”.

These windows to vocal play can occur unannounced and quite randomly. Babbling just happens. As a therapist, I see such windows as having particular value to Jack’s overall speech and language development. It’s here Jack begins to explore and play with sounds. It’s in this place, using random sounds, Jack initiates some of the first conversations of his young life.

Yet given the suddenness and random nature of the window, it’s easy to miss or even misunderstand the teaching opportunity presented. So when for no apparent reason the window opens,  put down the computer, move away from the kitchen and join the fun! There’s some speech a brewing…