question about speech evaluations/speech therapy *update/vent*

i'm starting to draw a blank. we just spent a portion of last night in the ER due to a severe anaphylactic reaction to tilapia. so now i'm going to have to switch my focus from her speech to getting her allergy tested again for new things. this mom stuff is exhausting!
Originally Posted by subbrock
Oh for goodness sakes! Poor little girl. I hope she's ok.

Allergies suck.


I hope she is alright after that allergy scare.

As for her speech and anunciation, one thing you could try is have her look at your mouth while you anunciate a word...and also point at your mouth while you do it. I did this (at the suggestion of a community health nurse) to help DS with his words, and it has helped immensly.
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Hi Subbrock....sorry to hear about the frustrations you are having with your daughter's speech. I am based in the UK but used to be a speech therapist. She is still very little, so plenty of time for her speech to become clearer even though I know it can be worrying! The fact that her comprehension and vocabulary is so good is brilliant!

Are there any particular sounds that she has difficulty with....are you able to give any examples? I may be able to suggest some activities you can do with her if you give me a little more info....if that would help and you would like me too?

You are doing exactly the right thing by repeating back what she says. Some children can get a little disheartened if they are asked to correct their speech the whole time...so just be aware of that...it's more important that she hears you say it! I'm sure you would have picked up though if she was getting upset with being asked to correct herself.

I love that little picture of her, she's beautiful!
Originally Posted by Loobyloo
thank you. d's and t's in the middle of words give her a lot of trouble. she says them as a y sound. she says "wah-yer" for water, "lou-yer" for louder. she pretty much drops the endings on all of her words.

i'm starting to draw a blank. we just spent a portion of last night in the ER due to a severe anaphylactic reaction to tilapia. so now i'm going to have to switch my focus from her speech to getting her allergy tested again for new things. this mom stuff is exhausting!
Originally Posted by subbrock
Aw, sorry to hear about the allergy scare ....hope she's ok now! Sounds like you've got a lot to keep you busy just now but a really easy thing to do with her that would help with her speech is to do lots of listening games! I know you haven't got any concerns about her hearing as such, but before she can start to use speech sounds herself she needs to be able to listen to and pick out all the different speech sounds in other people's speech. This can be quite tricky as lots of speech sounds can sound quite similar!

Just general 'listening' games would be good...when you are out for a walk asking her to identify what sounds she can hear.

Finding different objects around the house that make a noise and see if she can work out what they are...

I know this doesn't seem as though it is working on her 'speech' as such but 'fine tuning' her listening skills will put her in good stead if she does need to see a speech therapist in the future!

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