This morning Sarah had a speech appointment, basically to see what's happened in a year and what we're going to do next. She was so nervous and scared when we arrived that she just vibrated in my lap. Once we entered the room, she calmed down a bit but still appeared agitated. Thankfully, it didn't take long for her to settle in and realize that there was nothing to be concerned about. The little book that was the focus has a dog as the main character and then each page has an object focus that Sarah had to say. For instance words like: house, elephant, zebra, ladder, pyjamas, and chair. There were maybe 50 of these pictures and her knowledge of them was so much greater than they were last summer. Sarah has also made huge progress on many of the letter sounds.
I was given a few exercises to focus on this summer to help her pronounce the letter 'L' and 'S'. They are simple mouthing actions that we can do just a couple times a day to train her tongue to work properly.
It was really encouraging to hear something encouraging like this. Because I'm with Sarah all the time, I don't think I really notice the progress the same way someone who hasn't seen her in a year would. It makes my heart full and happy to know that she is improving!