Speech Therapy for Sarah

March 11, 2009

Sarah has been on the waiting list for speech therapy for almost a year now.  She had her hearing assessment last June and passed with flying colours.  She sometimes gets wax build-up in her ears and we have to drop olive oil into the ear at night to break up the wax, and she has had her ears flushed at the Doctor’s office.  That being said, as far as I know, she has never had an ear infection.  (There have been times in the past, with the other kids, that when I’ve taken them to the doctor for something else entirely, we’ll discover they have an ear infection – they just never complain about them!)  Only Alex & Olivia have ever been treated for one; Alex when he was 19 months old and Olivia this past New Year’s.

We were called on Monday and fit into the schedule for today.  My mother came down to stay with the other three (It’s an in-service/parent-teacher day at school) while we set off on our adventure.

When we got to the office, I realized that the speech-language pathologist that would be seeing her is a woman we know from chuch, so Sarah was only a little bit shy.  Her language assessment went great.  At one point she had to point at “the animal with the longest nose” and she said, “the MOLE has the longest nose!”  Of course!  I joked with them that we knew language really isn’t the problem!!

Her assessment revealed that she has some normal delays, “r” and “l” which often don’t come until after they start school.  Her other problem areas include the “k” sound (cake is pronounced “hake”), “s” (She calls herself “Dara”) and hard “g” (“Ginna” is pronounced “ninna”).  They were surprised, though that she already has most of her blends such as “th” and “ch” which lots of kids don’t get until later.

They feel that she should progress really rapidly.  I go for a parent workshop (by myself – they have lots of patients with language & speech delays, but Sarah is the only one with “just” speech!) on April 7th, and then she’ll start speech therapy on April 20th.  

I often don’t notice the problems, because I’m around her all the time and am  used to the way she talks, but I do notice more & more that I have to translate for her.  What emphasizes her delay more is that Olivia, at two, is easier to understand than Sarah – but not for long!!


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