ACHIEVA Early Intervention Session Notes: Speech Therapy
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ACHIEVA Early Intervention Session Notes: Speech Therapy

Whenever a child is working on speech
sound development, in some cases they’re not really aware of what their tongue
and their lips can do. They haven’t really been vocalizing, they haven’t been
babbling. Because typically when children are developing, they babble as infants
and then they continue to make speech sounds, so sometimes when they begin
early intervention they may be 2 years of age and they haven’t been babbling. So
using a mirror and different fun toys to get them to become aware of their mouths
and their parents’ mouths, they can start to make these speech sounds. As
they’re developing their vocabulary, then, the speech sounds will be incorporated
into words and they will attempt to speak and use speech sounds in that way. So our daughter Noel has been in ACHIEVA’s Early Intervention program for
about a year. When we first started we didn’t get a lot of eye contact, she
wasn’t really making any sounds, she wasn’t laughing,
she wasn’t interacting very much and when the therapist started coming into the home
it was a real challenge trying to figure out how we could engage with her and
how we could get her to respond and pay attention to some things that we were
trying to do with her. And they’ve worked so tirelessly and patiently with her.
They have fun with her and they enjoy it. And we’ve seen so much progress and then
she has just blossomed through that. It’s been so wonderful to be a part of this
family and to watch Noel develop. I had noticed right away that bringing a
mirror just opened her up to becoming aware of her mouth and her lips, her tongue, and being
willing to imitate, which is what she’s working on. Her family is just so
supportive, doing hand over hand, to teach her how to play with her baby dolls, with
other toys which she has. She’s comprehending words more, she is looking
at books better and starting to point to things in books. It’s been a huge
blessing for our family to have them in the home and working with our daughter. I
think that any child that’s in early intervention is going to benefit
from the therapy that is brought to the family and how they can work with their
child in home.

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