First speech therapy appointment went well…

At least, I think it did. Hard to say since we only met the therapist once, and then almost a month ago.

He certainly looks like he's got something to say.
He certainly looks like he’s got something to say.

But we met Mr. D again a couple of days ago. He was duly impressed with Nolan’s ever-present ring stacker.

Give him a break, kid. He's new here.
Give him a break, kid. He’s new here.

John was able to be with us for this first session. We’ve been instructed to focus on renewing use of the two signs we were all most comfortable with: “more” and “all done“.

We’re also supposed to focus on turn-taking games. As I understand it, the more we can actively engage with Nolan, the more he’ll try to communicate in any other setting.

Although he's usually able to communicate what he wants pretty clearly!
Although he’s usually able to communicate what he wants pretty clearly, we figure he’ll need to use words eventually. Probably.

In other news, we’ve had to stop giving him a bath before bedtime. Sometime the last couple of months, kiddo here has developed a horror of bath time. This is particularly distressing for John, since he took over baths when we moved up north.

No fun, not for anybody.
No fun, not for anybody.

Typical toddler behavior? Beats me.

He plays just fine after his initial protest, so I don’t think it’s a fear of the water. My best guess is that he knows that bath means bedtime is imminent, so he reacts accordingly. Easy enough to fix: bathtime moves to midafternoon, right after his nap. I’ll let you know how that works out.

It didn't seem to faze him much today!
It didn’t seem to faze him much today!

Hope your week has gone well. We’re doing our best to stay warm here these days!

Have a good weekend, everybody!

In case you ever wondered where Nolan gets all that hair...
Just in case you ever wondered where Nolan gets all that hair…

2 thoughts on “First speech therapy appointment went well…

  1. Turn-taking is a great skill to encourage communication! My blog learntolovefood.com is mainly about feeding therapy ideas, but because I’m a speech therapist I add in a lot of language components of activities. You might like the turn-taking game with food I posted last week, if you get a chance to check it out!

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