Speech Therapy Re-Evaluation

Wow! It’s been six months already! Six months that we’ve been working with Nicole in speech therapy, and the immense progress we have seen in these short six months is nothing short of incredible!

When we first started speech therapy,  I didn’t think Logan needed it?! He was about 11 months, and I thought it was perfectly normal that he only used two vowel sounds. But then again I just have a very biased opening on how perfect he is. {shoulder shrug here} But he wasn’t interested in books, he couldn’t use anticipation, and communicating with us was nearly impossible.

we had oooooo’s aaaaa’s galore tho

But apparently, speech therapy is sooo much more than just learning how to speak correctly! Now? Now Logan understands that certain words have certain meanings. He loves to read books, and can successfully turn the pages. There’s comprehension, anticipation, and repetition involved in each session. He’s learning that not everything is just useless sounds garbled together. When I say “up” he’ll now throw his arms in the air for me to carry him. When he wants something he’ll signal “gimme”, or when he wants to open something he’ll knock on its surface. All the skills we’ve learned in speech therapy.

And that’s just the beginning! With the careful tutelage between Patty and Nicole, Logan can now use certain hand signs to communicate what he wants and needs. We can successfully wave “bye-bye”, sign “gimme” and “open”, and signal to himself as “me”. And with each new sign that he learns to master, the tears and weeps for joy are contagious across the floor as we all celebrate in his triumph. I love this little dude so much, and watching his communication skills grow over the last six months has been nothing short of extra-ordinary.

I still have a few goals that I’m hoping will stick to this little man’s brain. I’m hoping to get him to clap (on command! dance, monkey dance!), to recognize his momma and poppa (whether in a photo or by pointing), and to finally make those vowel-consonant sounds. But honestly, with the progress he has made? I feel like these might be short-term goals because he’s been crushing them all!

 

You got this Little Dude. ♥

Physical Therapy, 6mo. later

Physical Therapy, 6mo. later

We started physical therapy when Logan was about 5 months old. At the time, I thought Logan was rockin’ it when it came to meeting his milestones. He was doing tummy time great, and he was rolling from prone to supine (I’ve picked up a few terms over these sessions lol), holding his head up like a champ and all! However, after the initial evaluation, I quickly learned just how mislead I was.

Whhaaaa?

Yes, Logan was doing great in meeting his milestones, but he was cheating and using disorganized body movement. Something I was completely unaware of, as I had no clue what to look for. Diana, his physical torturer {ahem!} I mean… therapist, quickly filled us in on how Logan was overcompensating his movements by using extension to accomplish most of his actions.

tsk. tsk. tsk.

Not like that little Logan.

We came into physical therapy doing 3 sessions a week for 30-minute sessions. When we first started, Logan was using his shoulders to hold up his head and neck (looking like the Uncle Fester all day) and was preferring to utilize extension to accomplish his rolling. These were the first movements we corrected, as Diana began to work with him, and cue-ing him towards the correct movements.

We experienced A LOT of crying during these first initial sessions.

But we worked at it. Every day. We worked not only at therapy 3x a week, but we also worked as a unit at home, intermittently taking turns, ensuring little Logan was practicing correct movements. All. The. Time.

I began to ask excessive questions during our sessions with Diana. I wanted to know as much as I could about what he was learning to do, with what muscles, and how it would help him further his development.

“And what was that word you used?” “How can I do this at home” What if he does this?” “How do I correct this movement?” “What if he does this movement?” “He does this a lot, is that normal?”

I feel like that is my number one question:

Is that normal?

but what’s normal?

Because I’m not, and with him I only see perfection. 

Today, at the 6mo. PT re-evaluation I was able to show Diana how I’m learning to crawl on my own. I came into therapy 6 short months ago, unable to hold my own head up properly. But with constant support and dedication from my family and the amazing people at  Nicklaus Children’s Outpatient Therapy center, now? Now I can sit completely unassisted, I can roll all over the place like a crazy animal, and I’m finally beginning to learn to crawl.

Mommy is so proud! Not only of the progress I’ve made, but also of the way I continuously learn. The way I can pick up cues quickly, and continuously work at these movements, even when no one is helping me. Sometimes, mommy catches me in my play pen practicing weight baring, and she can’t help but laugh.

Physical therapy is quickly becoming one our favorite ways to start the moring. ♥