Category: Speech and Language

The Dreaded Dentist

We have been taking Freddie to the Dentist for quite a few years now and for the past two we have been seeing a really great lady to understands Freddie and has loads of patience for him Bella and Jago love going because they get a sticker. Ah, the holy sticker. I wonder how many years this will bribe them in to going. It’s like the bribe, sorry the joy, of getting a lollipop at the hairdressers.

Freddie has always hated it. Seemed worried and anxious. I think with his sensory processing issues, he just hates the purple latex gloves and you have to be pretty quick getting a look in there before his teeth clamp shut and you risk loosing your finger. About a year ago, his SALT from Skybound suggested we take the Talktools sticks with us to insert into his mouth to hold his jaw open. That certainly helped to get access to look at his teeth but it didn’t seem to help him be any less stressed about the situation.

Anyway, with perseverance, kindness from the Dentist and lots of prepping him, this time was a total success. I definitely think it was partly to do with the fact they had a fancy new piece of technical equipment. It is a camera which looks into the mouth and shows the images on the screen in-front of you. Tech obsessed Fred was very happy. Plus, we let him take his ball with him this time.

This was such a positive result and milestone. One I never really expected us to get to. Freddie surprises us every day. xx

 

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Is 4.30pm On A Tuesday Too Early for Gin?

Today has been a looooooong one. The wonderful Carys came from Skybound Therapies today.

A full day of speech therapy for Freddie. For me and Ollie too really. Concentrating all day and encouraging Freddie to focus for more than two minutes takes a lot out of you.

She has seen such progress since her last visit. We had to extend the time between visits this time though due to Freddie’s suspected absence seizures, which increase with tiredness. We have to be really careful not to over cook him.

He is very close to achieving all speech sounds now.  The tricky back sounds still need a lot of work /k/ and /g/ but we tried a different Talk Tools method today which made such a difference to his production. Now we have to focus on /th/ /r/ /z/ /sw/ and /tw/. We have such a lot to get through still with more 2 syllable nouns and verbs, multysylabic words  like elephant and violin and 2-3 word noun-verb phrases. We have totally finished box one of the Kaufman Speech Cards and are steadily working our way through the whole of box two with the added support of PROMPT where needed. Phew. We are now adding in sections of the Nuffield Dyspraxia Programme which will run alongside some of the work school are doing with him. 

Speech therapy is a long road for Freddie. With each visit, I see how much more he has to achieve and how much more work I have to do. At times, it’s pretty overwhelming. Worth it though. He has learnt so much in the last 18 months with the support of Carys and I am so grateful we found her. Eventually. 

Anyway. Today has been totally draining so at 4.30pm, Ollie and I cracked open the Gin. Just the one but it was lovely. I’ll be off for an early night. xx