Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Houston, we have a sheep!

Recently our SLP has been working on animal sounds like frog, cow, sheep, cat - stuff like that. She is using a mixture of Castillo Morales (more or less a special massage of the oral muscles) and TAKTKIN (which derives from the American PROMPT therapy and helps the patient by simulating how certain sounds are being made) in order to help his mouth form different sounds. I was going to link the two therapy methods but I could only find German links, sorry for that. 

She has already been able to make him do the frog sound (QUAK) some sessions ago with the help of her hands. And he was the happiest frog ever heard! It brings him so much joy! Today when we walked down the stairs to her office he tried to do the frog by himself and then laughed.

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 Today they worked on the sheep. Sunny tried really hard and both of us showed him how he had to form his mouth. She used her hands helping him to adjust his mouth and lips while I slowly made the sound and showed him my mouth movements. He did pretty well and we were quite content. When the session was finished the SLP and I talked about various stuff while I packed up our belongings when all of a sudden we heard a loud MMMÄÄÄÄÄHHHHHH! Our heads flung around and we saw Sunny, his face beaming with happiness and pride!! We could clearly see that he was so very happy that he had managed to make the sound correctly - and all by himself! We cheered and applauded him, I cuddled and kissed him and he jumped up and down from excitement.

When we returned home Sunny proudly and happily demonstrated his dad the sheep sound several times. And he even managed to do it correctly two or three times.

It is such a big deal for me and I am really happy how well he did! We will be practicing the sheep a lot in the future!! Yaaaaay!



8 comments:

  1. That's awesome! Way to go Sunny! Every single new sound, new word, can be such cause for celebration.

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    1. Thank you Bethany for stopping by! Yes, it absolutely is a reason for joy and celebration, at least in this house! ;-)

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  2. That's wonderful, Joy!!! I love it!! We use prompt-based speech for Tucker as well - it's how we got (sometimes) the "F" sound from him. YAYAY for sheep!! I'm so happy! The joy on their faces when they accomplish something like this is absolutely incredible!!

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    1. Yes, the joy is priceless! Cool that you are using PROMPT, too! Thank you, Kristi!

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  3. How gorgeous! what a beautiful moment for you as a family. Animals have a way of working magic with children sometimes don't they? xx

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  4. That is so great! He works so hard and for him to feel that sense of accomplishment is incredible. Boo had an SPT that explained how many muscles and and processes it takes to form a simple sound. From getting your brain to want to make it, to moving your tongue, teeth, lips, etc....It makes Boo's words that much sweeter. Congrats!!!

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    1. Yes, speaking is a really very, very complicated task. It makes me wonder how anyone can speak at all!

      Thanks for your sweet words! xo

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