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