Our household is very busy. With two kids in speech therapy, we spend a lot of time going to different appointments. I am extremely grateful we can provide so much care, support and therapy for our children. This crazy busy life works for us and most importantly it works for our kids.
Currently, CJ receives therapy twice a week. He receives therapy from a private speech therapist and he receives speech therapy within our home through an Early Intervention speech therapist. Both of these therapist have worked with Maya and they are very knowledgable in the treatment of Childhood Apraxia of Speech. More importantly, I have wonderful relationships with CJ’s therapist. They provide Kevin and I with homework and tools to use in our home to help further CJ’s speech. In a short period of time, CJ’s language has grown. He makes many verbal attempts to express his wants and needs. This growth would not have been possible without his two speech therapist.
(We intend on increasing CJ’s weekly speech therapy sessions when he turns 3.)
Currently, we take a more aggressive approach to Maya’s therapy sessions. At the age of 3.5, we decided to increase Maya’s weekly therapy sessions. Fundraising and insurance has played a significant role in helping us increase her therapy sessions. During the week, Maya will receive 4 speech therapy sessions and 1 occupational therapy session. (She has therapy with 2 private therapist, 1 private OT, and a therapist provided through our school district). Overloading Maya with therapy sessions has significantly helped improve her expressive language. Like her brother, we also incorporate practice sessions at home.
Here is a video of Maya and me practicing the “K” sound in the final position of a word.
(You will see I provide Maya with small toys or play-doh to play with during our practice sessions. She has a difficult time focusing and toys help by keeping her seated during our practice session.)