I'm not sure if I've mentioned it on here, but Luke has been in speech therapy for a month or so now. Tomorrow will be his 3rd session. He has made some small improvements since starting. He has moved on to saying mommy and daddy instead of mama and dada at times, says papa now, and has started making new vocalizations, although we can't tell what he's using the sounds for yet. Thursday he has an appointment for a hearing test to rule out any hearing problems.
Speech therapy mostly means that she observes him, and shows me how to work with him. Things such as repeating words (such as when we walk downstairs with him, we say down, down, down, the entire way), and giving him 2 choices (do you want car or truck?). We're also not supposed to use long sentences with him, to stick with 2-3 word sentences. Which has proven to be hard with me. From the time Cody was a tiny baby, I've spoken to him like he was an adult, same with Luke. So going from a full sentence such as, "Do you want cereal Luke?" to "want cereal?" has been a little hard. Speech therapy is supposed to happen every other week, for an hour each time.
Last week Luke also started Occupational Therapy. When we met with the county's early intervention folks in December, it was for speech. During the assessment though, they noticed his thumb. He has had problems with his thumb since birth. It folds into his palm at a somewhat odd angle, and he tends to not use it. For awhile his orthopedist that was treating his feet was also keeping an eye on the thumb. When he last saw the orthopedist in the fall, the doctor decided that all was fine with it since there was such a huge improvement, so it wasn't high on my list of worries.
OT was a success. The therapist gave me ideas for how to get him to use his thumb more often. For example, when he eats something such as Cheerios, he tends to use his four fingers to rake the food into his palm, then stuffs the food into his mouth. Her idea is to put cheerios into an egg carton, so that he has to use his pincer grasp to pick them out. I'm also to find some Crayola egg shaped crayons to strengthen his palm. There were other things such as pop toys, lacing beads, etc, to help him. Because of this, I started looking into some homeschool type blogs, and found this one that I'm very interested in - 1+1+1=1. It has me excited about working with him more through their Tot School ideas. I like that it's learning through play for the little ones. Occupational Therapy is scheduled for every other month, an hour each time. I'm hoping that using blogs such as 1+1+1=1 will give me even more ideas to help him improve, both for OT and speech.