After completing the IFSP there was still some time for speech therapy. Here are the things we discussed today:
- Play tickle games with Ella Marie placing a consonant in front of vowels ex. ba, ba, ba, beeeee. You should have great contrast in pitch with the sounds that you are making.
- We are continuing to sing nursery rhymes or songs with Ella Marie but replacing the words with consonant +vowel sounds. This week we will work with the m sound and next week with the b sound.
- We discussed that Ella Marie will have a CT scan at a later date and this will really look at her cochlea.
- We discussed looking at the Advanced Bionics website. Go to the Listening Room
- I asked for a list of toys that would be helpful for our therapy at home. You will notice that all of these toys are toys that hearing babies would use too, we just truly do therapy with them so I need to make sure I have them. Here is a list of a few of them:
activity toys (with lots of buttons, mirrors, etc.)
board books Y cloth books, squeeze toys (some make noises)
stacking toys (especially blocks)
shape sorters (the EASY ones - she may around 7-9 months enjoy taking things out)
other containers to fill/empty
early role-play toys - play telephone, baby, etc.
playset w/ animals (farm, etc.) - 12 months or older
Other enjoyable toys are those that encourage physical development, such as walking