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August 27th, 2012, 11:06 AM
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Hey Ladies,

There were some of you that wanted to hear about speech therapy once Zeb started it. It is FABULOUS -- we have already seen HUGE gains and the therapist thinks that he will be on track within a couple months.

Here are some strategies:
1. She brings a bird puppet that we then play social games with. We cover the bird and say "nite, nite bird" or we give the bird a plastic banana and say "bird eats" and sign eat. Bird says hello to other animals, etc. The idea is that it gives Zeb a reference for verbal social cues that don't involve him...so he can observe it all. Also, we can work on "eat" when he isn't distracted by hunger.

2. Waiting till he makes eye contact. She encourages us to reinforce words when he pauses to look at us -- that way he can see us as we say it. So, if he is playing with a duck, I wait until he looks up to say "duck"

3. Give him a chance to lead. Often times we talk for our kids. "What do you want? Do you want milk? Do you want a cracker?" etc. Once she made me aware of how often I do it -- I realized I do it all the time. She encouraged us to give lots of wait time to give him the chance to say it. So, now I say "What do you want? Tell mama" and wait at least 15 seconds for him to have a chance to process. The difference is amazing.

He now says: more, bye-bye, nite-nite, nana (banana), dada, some mama, no-no, and dog
He signs: please, eat, milk, more
He makes the noise for: cow, lion, bear, dog, cat, chicken, monkey

I can't believe how far he has come in the last three weeks! I think its a combo of starting day care, his age, and speech therapy...but I will TAKE IT!
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August 27th, 2012, 06:23 PM
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That's wonderful. Especially, considering the short amount of time.
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August 27th, 2012, 08:05 PM
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Wow, that's great! Thanks for sharing, I was wondering what they would do with him, sounds like those are some great ideas. I'm guilty of answering for Rebecca also, but it never crossed my mind that it may be hindering her speach.

Can't wait to meet our new baby GIRL!

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August 28th, 2012, 05:38 AM
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Sounds like he is making huge progress. That's awesome!

Sharon, wife to Noah; mom to Belle (13.75), Ryllan (11.5), Finn (7.5), and Zane (4).

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