Thursday, July 19, 2012

Early Intervention- Monkeys, Snakes, and Cows...Oh My!

By Joel Brens
I knew going into speech and developmental therapy that it wouldn't be an overnight process. Like most therapy processes, it takes patience, hard work, diligence and time.  It was tough going into a new venture with little knowledge of what to expect. When we were recently informed that it was unlikely that Jayden's speech delays were a result of seizure like activity, we were most relived. It has been almost two months since we began Early Intervention, and we are starting to see the fruits of the labor, however big or small.

The first noticeable change was his ability to focus and interact with the speech and developmental therapist. The first few times he would lose interest with activities quickly. But as time has passed his ability to stay on task has improved drastically. He still has occasional meltdowns, and on those days he typically only wants to interact with toys he is interested in. We've found if we leave Jayden alone with the therapist his focus is much better

I would have to say my favorite recent development is his ability to imitate noises, specifically animals, and object recognition. Within the last couple of couple of weeks, Jayden has learned how to imitate the sounds of Monkeys, Bees, Snakes, and Cows. I wish I could put into words how much it makes my heart beam. He can also imitate noises like the sound of a train. In addition to his new found ability to imitate sounds, his ability to point out objects from a first word book on command is very encouraging.

Finally, he has started to say words like "Baby, Nigh Nigh, Hi, and All Done". Every morning we are hopeful that he will say a new sound or word. Slowly but steadily he is showing the signs of improvement, and I couldn't be happier about it.

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