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Speech Delay Part 3: Speech Therapy Exercises

Posted Sep 22 2008 11:03am
We missed speech therapy this week because the little one had a sore throat runny nose thing going on. But so far it's been going really well.

The first week, she said her skills were significantly better from when she was evaluated. (I keep telling everyone she's just a late talker...) But that her sentences are very choppy. She had the peanut practice breathing exercises so she can learn to take belly breaths. So every night, when she laid down I had her show me how to make her belly really big then flat. By next week, she sentences were already flowing a bit better.

The next week was more work on her flow, so she had her reading books like Eric Carle's "Brown Bear Brown Bear." Honestly, I hate that book, but the repetition helps with their flow. We went to the library and got that book and now she has it memorized. She "reads" it to me every night.
We also had to work on her mouth movements, so we smiled big and say "E-E-E" and we howled like our dog for "O" and the puckering effect of her lips.

Apparently, my daughter is focusing so much on what she's saying that she's forgetting to move her lips. Often, she'll pull the sides of her lips back and talk in a funny voice. It's cute, but obviously not a good thing.

Last week, they worked on "ing". They played memory, but when she flipped over the card she had to say what was happening, "She's holding a ball," "He's standing," etc. Easy to recreate that exercise at home with her Dora and Wiggles Memory cards.

It's amazing what a 45 minute one day a week class can do. She loves going and so far has been very responsive to the therapist. I'll keep you posted on her progress.
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