jstaggs wrote:Thank you, JaM! Yes, he gets therapy through Early Intervention...I cannot say enough good things about his speech therapist. She's truly a God-send for me and my (yes) very stressed little boy. Unfortunately, the same motor planning disorder that affects his speech also seems to affect his ability to sign. It took him six months to learn (or to be willing?) to sign "more." He knows a couple of signs now, but there are several others that appear to be impossible for him to sign. The signing seemed nearly as frustrating for him as the talking, so we finally decided to just focus on giving him verbal approximations that worked for both of us.
I know just what you mean about celebrating the little things. We are working on the word "NO" and I truly look forward to his being able to say it! I know he sometimes answers with something he doesn't really mean or want, simply because "yeah" is a word he can say.
jstaggs wrote:We really want to teach him the power of his words, so we've had that same situation many times--where he answers "yeah" (as in, do you want to go sit on your stepstool--aka time out? or at the table--are you all done?). If he says yeah, then we follow through. A tough lesson at times, but it's definitely working.
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