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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

2nd Day Speech Therapy

David's first day of speech therapy was an evaluation. No surprise to me that he has profound phonological deficiencies.

Today was his first day of treatment. Therapy was pretty interesting. The therapist sat in front of a mirror with David and named the parts of the mouth and neck. She had David tell her what his palate felt like to the tip of his tongue. They looked inside each other mouths. They felt each others vocal cords work with vibrating sounds. David easily recognized when the vocal cords weren't involved.  David is a very co-operative student.

This is what I found most interesting.  He can't pronounce /s/ well. He lateralizes his tongue too much and only a short sound comes out. (Hopefully I explain that right.) To motivate and reward him to get it right, she sat him on swing and told him to say letter sounds. For a short sound, like /k/ he only got a short ride; as long as it took to say the sound. She told him to think of a longer sound. He immediately thought of /sssssssssssssssssss/ and he got a long ride as he took a deep breath in and exhaled out and said /s/ for a long time. They played that for a bit.

When we got home I had David give his brothers a lesson (practice in disguise)  from  what he did today. He repeated everything verbatim. Something dawned on me. A few blog posts ago, I explained how David couldn't blend CVC words because he made everything sound like a vowel.

For example CAT:

When he tries to blend /cat/ he says /caa/ /aaa/ taa/.  Like it is three syllables. And then  he doesn't recognize the word he is sounding out. I could not get him to shorten his sounds to blend.

Now was my chance to reiterated to David that these 3 letters have short quick sounds in this word. He was eager to try it and he successfully did sound out the word cat. And as easy as sounding out cat may seem, he has never been able to do that.

John has been in a little denial that the boys have dyslexia. As we talked tonight. I pointed out things to John that he hasn't thought about. My readers know we have profound to severe dyslexia on both sides of immediate family. But John only writes checks and medical notes. He does not type, text, facebook, e-mail, compose creative writing or any writing for that matter ( I write his letters). He does not read novels (or my blog). His handwriting is the worst of the worst physicians. He  reads his medical books, contracts (in detail) and  magazines. His studying has always been methodical. He says he remembers everything he hears (heard) in class. I don't think John is a severe dyslexic, but don't expect to communicate quickly, if at all, in writing with him. I definitely see language patterns in my house.  John is mild. Scott is profound, David is worse than Scott. William didn't learn to read at an early age, but I don't see any dyslexia in him. They are fortunately all geniuses.


Becky R said...

Speech therapy can be even helpful with kids with no issues, so regardles it will benifit. I am sure it is hard for your husband to think there is something wrong with him. Not that it's wrong, but he may see it that way.

ScienceGeek said...

I'm sure you'll have success with speech therapy. It's been a blessing to have one on our team!

Christy said...

I've enjoyed you blogging again :) Reading this opens my eyes to how my hubby feels our son has no speech issues. I think he needs therapy - he'll be evaluated next week, much to the dismay of hubby.

Working with Scott has opened your eyes to a wide variety of techniques, so you're already one step ahead for David.

Permission to Mother said...

Christy, I'm glad this is helping you identify some areas you may benefit from. Like Becky said an evaluation even if normal may informative.

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