Monday, October 24, 2011

What Will the Next Year Bring?

Luke has had some speech advances since starting PROMPT the 2nd week of September. He can now say out and on spontaneously. Up is a struggle for him, but he can say it with some help remembering to start the word with an open mouth and end with "soft /p/ sound. When you tell Luke to say up he tends to say "duuuh". We have to tell him no, open your mouth. Say soft /p/. It's quite a process for such a small word.

It is exciting how much progress he has made over the last few weeks. I know to many words like out, on and up don't sound like much. But when you consider that he spent six months in traditional speech therapy through the county and never even attempted those words, it's huge that he's saying them.

Luke is now also singing. It amazes me that he can "sing" along with so many different songs. He may not be able to say the individual words, but he uses intonation to sing along, and you can definitely pick out the different words. Luke will also sing the alphabet with his Leapfrog fridge toy. And, he counts up to 13 on his own. You just have to listen closely to understand some of the words, but they're there.

Luke will be 3 in a few weeks. I can't help but wonder what the next year will bring for him speech wise. I hope and pray that we continue to see improvement.

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