Mommy Speech Therapy Continues!

Mommy Speech Therapy Continues!

How do I account for only writing two posts in the last two years? The main reason is little Sawyer (our red-headed tornado) in combination with our 4-year old Princess, Sophie and 7-year old Jedi Warrior, Sam and well, it became the perfect storm and I was a bit overwhelmed.

Now that Sawyer is two, I finally feel like I am getting a handle on things. It is usually a sticky handle but I take what I can get! I have resolved to turn a blind eye to the occasional scribble on the walls and the cheerios on the floor to give myself a few minutes with my blog.

So what’s on the agenda for Mommy Speech Therapy in the near future? I look forward to completing posts on teaching the sounds that I have not yet blogged about, and putting up a lot more speech worksheets for sounds, sentences and stories to download. On that note, I am excited about the new sentences and stories I have posted on the Worksheets page for each sound. It is my hope that they will be used to help move targeted sounds from word cards to conversation. I’ll be writing more on that later.

You can look forward to posts on the process of articulation therapy, as well as how to teach the /p/, /b/, /f/, and /v/ sounds in the next few weeks. Of course I’ll share my triumphs and struggles when teaching the sounds to my clients, and my own kids.

Oh, and one other thing… you may have noticed the new site design! I’m lucky enough to have my fabulous graphic designer husband at my disposal and we’ve both been working like crazy to get Mommy Speech Therapy updated and rolling again. With that said, I’m excited to continue sharing my thoughts about speech therapy with you and hope for a wonderful remainder of 2010!

13 Comments

  1. yeah! i am so glad you are back and that your husband was able to help you with your website – it looks great!!!! glad you are surviving three kids 🙂

  2. Love the design – so glad you’re back!

  3. I’m glad you are back too. I found your website about a year ago and loved the ideas you have shared so far. I am also an SLP working with children and love hearing ideas from others. Do you have any ideas on how to help with production of voiceless /p,t,k/. I have a student that voices these sounds and it is extremely difficulty to get him to produce the voiceless cognates without whispering. Any ideas you may have would be great.

  4. Kelly,

    You might try having your client hold his hand in front of his mouth when making these sounds. There should be a lot more air released on the /p, t, k/ then on the /b, d, g/. I have also had success with holding the tissue in front of the mouth like I recommended on my post on how to teach the /p/ sound.

    Thanks for reading!

  5. I am a fellow SLP and am happy to have found your site.

  6. Hey, just stumbled upon your website. I am also an SLP and mother of 3. I am currently in early intervention, preschool and elementary MD. Absolutely love my job, but things get crazy at home too. Have a few friends with babies that are concerned with their speech and language development. What do you think about a 10 month old that has never babbled and does not produce any consonant sounds. Trying to give the mom some easy suggestions to try with him. Any ideas you have would be great. Great site and kudos to you for raising 3 kids, handling a career and producing this site.

    Dawn Marzano

  7. Dawn,

    Wow, sounds like have your hands full as well!

    The first thing I would do for a 10 month old baby who is not babbling or making any consonant sounds is refer her for a hearing evaluation. I would also teach her mother the importance of turn taking and imitation starting with actions and objects, then moving to sounds. In addition I would recommend sign language right away. Have her check out the “Signing Time” videos.

    Best of luck!

  8. Hi Heidi,

    I wish I would have found this blog years ago when I was teaching preschoolers with communication delays. What a great resource for parents. I left teaching to pursue parenting and have a bouncing five-month old. She used to “ah-goo” up a storm, and now…nothing. Lots of shrieks, giggles, raspberries and squeals but no more consonants. Should I be concerned? Infants are a new ballgame for me! Any suggestions?

  9. Ashleigh,

    Has your daughter had any ear infections? If you are not sure I would have your pediatrician check your daughters ears. Sometimes there can be fluid behind the eardrums without any typical signs of an ear infection. This can sometimes cause a decrease in babbling.

    In the mean time really work on turn-taking and imitation games with her. Whatever she does, you do. If she waves her arms up and down, you take a turn waving your arms up and down as well. Wait to see if she notices. Then if she repeats it, you repeat it as well. You are teaching how to take turns imitating each other. Once she gets the hang of the game you can try it with sounds. Start by imitating any sound she makes. If it is raspberries, make raspberries. Once the routine is established try introducing new sounds. I would choose sounds she has made in the past and see if you can get her to imitate them.

    As for whether or not you should be concerned, I don’t think you need to be concerned but I do think you should follow up with your pediatrician as I have suggested just to rule that out, and work on those turn-taking and imitation games to see if you can get those sounds back. Hopefully this helps.

    Thanks for reading!
    Heidi

  10. I am a speech and language therapist working in private practice in the UK and have just discovered your website. What a wealth of useful information all put together in a really accessible way! you must be busy developing this. I will definitely recommend it to the parents I work with.

  11. Heidi,

    I am a pretty new SLP (graduated in 2008) and a pretty new mom of a ten month old boy. I mainly work with the birth-to-three population and just recently started to venture into working with the school age kidos privately. One of my parents referred me to your site. What a great resource! I am so happy to have found you and your site. You have such tremendous and parent friendly ideas. Thank you so much!

  12. Hi!
    As a mom of three with my third also being a red headed tornado (love the reference) I can TOTALLY relate!
    I am also an SLP and feel similarly that now that my baby red head is two I am starting to get my career/mommy/life groove back.
    Love the blog,
    Keep up the nice work here,
    Kim

  13. Thanks Heidi for a terrific, quick, and fully functional resource for SLP’s who need good quality phonemic stimulation sheets for the kids.
    I’m happy to have found your site.
    Jim