Crafting and Speech Therapy

2 11 2017

My littlest kiddo is developmentally delayed. One of the delays is speech. The evaluation report used big scary words like “severe” and “profound deficits” in describing his delay.

At about 16 months old, his skill set was equivalent to that of a 3-6 month old.

So we’ve been doing speech therapy. He’s making progress even though it’s kind of slow going, but we have great people with great ideas and experience to back him up πŸ™‚

We’ve introduced signs, and he’s starting to get the hang of things now that he’s realized that communication makes his life better πŸ™‚

In addition to signs, we have pictures. The idea behind these is that he exchanges the pictures of the things he wants for the actual things he wants.

The therapist had a good system that worked for her when she’s working with kids, but it wasn’t as quick and easy as my situation needed. I needed something easy to get to and easily portable.

This is what I came up with πŸ™‚

I have things he knows the signs for, as well as words we’re starting to work on. I’ve also included family members’ pictures so we can add signs for their names, too.

I used my Silhouette program and machine to size and cut the pictures then laminated them. Lastly, I punched a hole in the corners and slid them on a binder ring. This ring is then attached to my belt loop. Easy to carry, always at our fingertips and I can continue to add pictures as necessary.

My hope is eventually, he’ll be speaking verbally. If he can’t, signs are good, too. The pictures are a good starting place for both and a good back up for him.

Thanks for stopping by!

Xoxo


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3 11 2017
Sherri Piechnik

Fabulous idea! I worked as an educational assistant, with a boy with autism, for three years. He was verbal but I can definitely see the benefits of what you’ve created. I’ll defini pass it on to other moms as I see the need.

3 11 2017
ajdurrant

Pass along to your heart’s content πŸ™‚ the idea of using pictures was shared with me. I just adapted it to something that would work well for us πŸ™‚

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