This is Eliza posting today. I thought I would show you a clip of therapy at home. We practice therapy throughout the day but we do some therapy at the table as well. This allows Fiona to be more focused on the activity. After breakfast we read books at the table. After lunch we practice a learn to listen sound. This clip is after lunch and is the cow! MOOOOOOOOOOO
The rest of the day I narrate to Fiona what we are doing. For example: In the kitchen I would say: “I’m opening the cabinet. I am getting a cup. I need some water. Lets press the button. Look, water is pouring into my cup! Okay I’m drinking my water. I’m thirsty. Okay lets walk into the living room.” You get the idea. 🙂
We also sing A LOT of songs at home. These are nursery rhymes and made up songs. An example of one I made up: “Brush brush brush, Brush our teeth, Brush brush brush, so they are clean clean clean.”
Another important part of therapy is pointing out sounds that we hear. We are in the sound detection phase of therapy. So if we heard a loud truck outside I would point to my ear and say “I heard that!” We point out sounds in our house and when we are out and about.
Of course there is a lot more to it than this but I wanted to touch base on some of the highlights. It seems a lot like how you would teach a typical hearing child how to listen and learn language just times 10.