She leaves for Kenya this Friday ( true! ) Le sigh.
But from these 2 lean mean sessions, she then found the time to type me up a thoughtful 3 page report which *specifically* notes problem sounds, how he's butchering or omitting them, and ages when these common 'faults' are generally resolved. Basically it's a chart in easy to see/read language, on which to plot our course.
At 18mo, when we first were advised to see a therapist, he wasn't talking at all, he was a grunter and a pointer.
Got the message across, as any 15yr old male will attest.
He was verbally described then as engaged, intelligent and a great communicater - etc - and we sort of dropped off - we were moving house, I was lazy, he wasn't really talking, so 'speech' therapy was a bit difficult ( IMO ), and we were all happy.
Fast forward to last year when he was enrolled for 1 day a week in a 3yr old Kinder Programme.
The teacher took me aside for a quiet word.
We enrolled agian with a therapist, weekly sessions at $100 a pop. Diagnostic tests ( super intelligent, no brain-to-tongue delays, no real probs - just articulation, which involves retraining, repetition, reinforcement etc ).
Learning was heavily play-based, and I felt MC took advantage of the situation to not concentrate and muck around. At $100 a pop, I wanted less play and more results. When the limit was reached on our Health Insurance after the 5th session, we quit.
And then this year, 4yr old kinder .. taken aside again, but this time a new programme - a kick start for kids entering big school next year - public, no waiting, no $$$ fees: sounds good.
I've republished part of our therapist's findings here as I found it interesting reading:
Oh - and tonight when I was peeling carrots for dinner - the phone rang.
Our therapist - she got us into the full programme next semester.
We will have to ditch a day of kinder to make the group, but I think this may be more important?
He'll still have 2 kinder days a week to play with friends, but I think it's an opportunity and if we don't take it, it means no therapy at all next semester, and having to remember to get back on the roundabout again come Semester 4.
I think to continue on this course would be good.
It's very structured, and although it is play-based, it is not ACTIVE-play based like the $100/sessions ( trying to make a 4yr old say a word before he can go down the slide or swing on the rope ? ) - it's passive, involving board-type games. You say the word correctly, and you get a new tile, or get to remove a pick-up-stick kinda thing.
He's seated, he's focused, and he's not 'adrenalised'. It works better.
Oh, and the 17mo old said "balloon". Neat. He likes balloons.