Saturday, 10 March 2012

Finley Speech Update

I have noticed some tremendous growth in Finley recently and thought I would share it with you.  We have another visit at the school on Friday afternoon so I should have another one in a week or more (i have been slacking so you never know ;) ).
We have the magnetic girl dress up dolls from Melissa and Doug that Finley loves.  So I went and bought a boy version. As I have said previoiusly, she has trouble with she/he, his/hers, him/her.  I was having difficulty trying to come up with an at home activity for us to work on it with her.  We have only girl dolls and girl barbies.  Well we have a boy cabbage patch kid but I couldn’t do what I wanted with him ( sounds dirty i know but it’s not meant to be).  What we do is give Finley her girl dolls and the boy one and then hand her an article of clothing and ask her:
     1) Does this go on him or  her?
    2) Is this his or hers?
    3) Does she wear this or does he?
She knows where it goes but I still can’t get her to use the pronoun in a sentance although yesterday we were driving in the car and I asked her if Penelope was sleeping (she is still rearfacing so I can’t see her) and she replied “No she is awake” so that was great to hear! 
She has also progressed from Gickey + Gilk to Nickey and Nilk.  This is great progress because she is starting to move towards the correct sound of ‘M’
She is using more and more sentances.  Here are some that have stood out:
“Why won’t quincy eat it”
“That’s not your’s, that’s mine”
“daddy your shirt is missing”
“Mommy that’s funny”
“what’s that sound?”
“that’s too loud”
“my pants are falling down”
“those are too big Penelope”
She is starting to use “can’t” and “don’t” more – I can’t do this, I don’t like this which is really good.
Also starting to use s if it’s plural and ing when appropriate
She still struggles with recognizing differences between things.  We have downloaded a bunch of ipad apps that are geared towards helping with this.  I work on this with her every day but I get so frustrated.  Part of it is that she doesn’t know the difference between a fruit and a vegetable so if she sees bananas, strawberries, pineapple and a carrot they all look like food to her.  So I am kinda stuck with this.  Greg is much better at this part then I am because I have no patience and lots of times she just doesn’t even try which even further frustrates me. 
We have made progress with “not”
At school the other day, her aide said to Finley “it’s raining outside” and Finely said “it’s not raining” and then proceeded to laugh her little belly off because she thought it was so funny.
Last night I asked her if it is bedtime yet and she replied that it’s not bedtime now
It’s not  your’s, it’s mine
This morning I told her it was snowing outside and she said it’s not snowing it’s windy (she is obsessed with the wind)
Her ability to express herself has improved and is better able to tell me what she did at school.  She also is starting to remember things we tell her at the beginning of the day.  For example,  if her Aunty Leslie is going to be babysitting her that night, we will say to her in the morning that she is going to see Aunty Leslie and throughout the day we ask where she is going and she will say “Aunty leslie’s” and sometimes will tell me that “cameron downstairs”.  Or if I tell her that we are going to see her friends, she remembers that and asks for them by name. 
She also knows that F is for Finley and P is for Penelope and M is for Mommy and sometimes she knows that D is for Daddy but she usually says E and I am not too sure why.  She can recognize all the letters in the alphabet, recognize up to the #10 but can consistently count to 20, she knows most shapes and colours. 
She loves to sing twinkle twinkle little star although she doesn’t know most of the words. She sings the ABC song and is fairly accurate most of the time.
She has picked up a tonne of sign language and uses it while she talks.  I was worried that if she picked up sign then it would delay her further but it doesn’t seem to.  I have learned a few things too and I find it quite interesting.
So I am very happy with the amount of progress she has made in the last few weeks especially.  She hadn’t seen her Uncle Neil in a very long time and he was so impressed with how much she could speak.  She can even say “Uncle Neil” now which made his day!
I will let you know how our center visit goes next week!

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