Our quiet little Noah seems to be coming out of his shell. Our landlord was out here the other day talking to a contractor, and Noah ran up to him and signed deer and pointed. When Noah wants something, he has no problem letting us know, and he has even been signing complete sentences like “I want milk, please.” I think children with Down syndrome and other speech delays often communicate much more freely with family than they do with others, so seeing him run up to our landlord was very encouraging.
Noah also has started getting the final P onto some words. Pup and pop are really the only words he can get that final consonant onto. I can’t wait to see the progression, though. Miss L, Noah’s SLP says he is following the natural progression of language development, which is excellent, he’s just doing it very slowly. I love being able to understand just where he is in his language and what is around the bend. He is also doing great with the Kaufmann cards; he progresses through the sounds exactly the way they progress on the cards.
The kitchen scavenger hunt PECs game I made for Noah has turned out to be a real winner. I had no idea he did not know where so many things were in the kitchen. We’ve played the game two times now, and today he remembered some of what he learned the first time. I LOVE to see that!!! So often in the past when I worked on teaching him something, like colors, every time we sat down to work it seemed like we were starting from scratch. Eventually he started remembering, but it took A LOT of repetition.
I also made a third set of the cards and cut them up to play Memory with Noah. We’re still playing with all the cards face up, but He and Bella really enjoy matching; and I figure when he is ready, it will be easy to transition to the traditional Memory Game method. Being able to use the same cards in different ways is the BEST way for kids to learn and really internalize new vocabulary.
I’m still getting used to using the iPad to boost Noah’s cooperation and learning experience. The motivation is high on the iPad, but he is getting frustrated easily.
Today was Noah’s last hippotherapy session until September when the weather cools down. I’m contemplating having him take a break from physical therapy until after Andres’ surgery. It’s a tough call because his therapist says he is really starting to get into running and playing with her. We have to take some time off anyway, because insurance won’t cover all 52 weeks of the year. It’s just hard to know when a good time to take a break is.
Anyone wondering what Noah is doing while I’m writing this?
He’s supposed to be napping and was wanting to get up, so I told him to read to his stuffed puppy. He’s “reading” to his stuffed puppy. Awwwww.