She missed lots of particular consonants making her speech often unintelligible!
Here, Ashley, the speech therapist, is having Gabbi tell her the words on her cards (in her hand) in exchange for a duck. And speaking of DUCK... we are a LONG way from the "k" sound or putting such a sound on the end of a word. Did you realize that we always learn first consonants before the ending sounds or even middle sounds? Blends, such as "tr" or "ch" are even harder.
And some sounds are made in the front of your mouth, like "B" and "d". Go ahead... try it! They are made by your lips or very basic mouth movements. But sounds like "G" and "k" are made in the back of your mouth. To practice them, I make Gabbi grab her throat and cough so she can "feel" where she should be making these sounds.
Gabbi also does OT. She has some struggles with her fine motor skills. She can't get her clothes on or off alone. She struggles with motor planning and her fine motor skills are really impacted! She only started using a spoon without a total mess a couple of months ago. Think about it. You have to scoop your food with palm down, then rotate it to plam up , and balance it til it gets to your mouth. That's pretty intricate for a 2 year old. But they just learn it naturally.
The mouth is a fine motor organ too. Just say your name. Your entire name. For instance, for me... "Melanie".. Me La Nie. Me requires my lips to tuck under while I am pushing out a breath to create a sound. Then, La... the L is totally hard for someone with fine motor dyspraxia. It is kinda fancy... the whole backward tongue curl if you will !! That's why so many kids use "Y" for "L". Like "yittle" vs "little". Or "yeyyow" for "yellow". Then, Ni... I am not sure, but I think "n" is a fairly simple sound. Any SLP's reading today? Can you help me out? I actually should have run some (all!!) 0f this by Ashley to have her say "yep that's right. Or Nope. you totally made that up, Mel" before I posted it! Ha.
But anyway, grossly, that is the basic idea of why Gabbi Girl is taking speech therapy. Maybe I'll have Ashley do a guest spot on here. Got any speech therapy questions? Or what about OT?! I know Patchez would do it for me. Any OT questions for her? Dang! Mojoy could turn into a straight up medical information blog! Ha! And I haven't even mentioned PT yet! We ALL have aches and pains! Talk about opening up a can of worms!