Thursday, June 14, 2012


Over the last few months we have been working hard at Maya's speech.  At times it's been hard because there has been little to no progress.   It's hard for me not to worry now that she is 4ish years old. We have been paying out of pocket as well as having the state provide therapy.  The diagnosis of Apraxia has really helped us work with Maya in a totally different way.  She just wasn't responding to the typical way of working with speech therapy, the visual hand cues has really done wonders.

I'm writing today because I am listening to Maya try and pronounce words.  This feels like a miracle.  Before she didn't even try.  It was like pulling teeth to get her to get her to say B.  She responds so much better to music.  But now, I hear her trying to say words like Broccoli.  Without any prompting.  Wow!

The other day she was watching Elmo, the scene was winter, and Elmo was wearing a jacket.  She turned to me and said "Cooooold"   And signed it at the same time.

I couldn't believe my ears, so I asked her to say it again, and she did.

Sometimes I forget how resilient she is.  She adjusts to change so easily.  Unlike myself.  We have gone through so many changes in the last few months, different music therapists, new respite, saying goodbye to her sensory OT and having a new one work with her.  Yet through all this, she is growing.

In the last few weeks I've seen a breakthrough.  The words are there.  She is trying.  They aren't
perfect, but she is using her voice.  And her voice is amazing!

1 comment:

Becca said...

This is such AMAZING news Jo!!!!! I can't wait to hear Maya's sweet voice. :-) Is the hand prompt thing the same thing as "Prompt Therapy?" I've heard of that, but don't know what it is. Glad this is working! Xoxoxo