Listen: Our Speech Therapy Journey to find Mia’s Voice: Part 2

Speech Therapy Session 1

Mama: 

Here’s what happened in our first session of speech therapy.

The EYCP came in and asked me if there had been any progress, I confirmed there hadn’t. She then showed me a leaflet about playing with Mia. It had a step-by-step list to make sure she is engaged (e.g. make sure she has eye contact).

Next she asked me if Mia had any favourite toys. I got out her velco fruit and veg from her kitchen as it’s very rare she resists an opportunity to play with those. We played with those for a while pulling them apart and sticking them back together (we were saying “snap!” When we pulled them apart). She was playing really nicely which pleased me as she runs around a lot. Usually she’s in and out of different rooms all the time. After a few minutes she did run off so I got out some bubbles. Mia adores bubbles. The problem is then getting her away from them. All we were basically doing was blowing bubbles and asking if she wanted more and saying “pop!” When they burst. Mia got quite agitated when the bubbles wouldn’t work at one point and the EYCP asked  if this was normal.  I said it would be if they’d not worked for a long time but Mia had been up since 4am so I suspected she was tired.

The sessions are only 30 minutes so it was all very quick.

Things that others may find useful

Let your child lead play, sometimes just sit and copy them. Parents often take over and lead play.
Sign is good: I was worried if I used sign it would give her an excuse not to talk but as she has so few words it’s at least a form of communication. I also have some PEC cards so I’m going to use them too.

Conclusions:

I talk too much, I “fill her silence” and don’t give her enough time to try and speak. I use a lot of words and need to shorten my sentences. This is something I was aware of as I do talk quickly. It was a bit like taking a bullet hearing this but I just have to suck it up and work on it if it’s going to help Mia.

Questions/worries

Worried they’re thinking along ASD lines: she asked if she got upset easily (ASD marker) and I spoke about her fussy eating (another marker)
The EYCP also said that next time she was going to try and get Mia to make eye contact with her. Now this one I’m on the fence about, because I’m quite shy and don’t look new people in the eye at first and to my mind (perhaps I’m wrong though 🤷) Mia gives ME eye contact. Anyway we’ll see what happens with that. I suspect Mia will do that when she’s ready.

Mia:

A lady came to play with us the other day. I’m not really sure why she was there but she asked Mama a lot of questions and she built towers for me to knock down. She also made cool scrunchy sounds with my kitchen things and watched when we blew bubbles.  I think she said she might bring some toys with her next time so that should be interesting.  I like looking  at new toys.

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