Jackson is 2 years and 2 months old. This past week, he started speech therapy for him. His pediatrician recommended he be evaluated since by the age of 2 he was not talking at all, so we did get him evaluated and were told he should do speech therapy twice a week. We opted to go for once a week to start and see how things go.
I wanted to try and keep track of his progress and how the speech therapy sessions are going, so I thought that might be a good excuse to get me back to blogging regularly!! Even if I do have to use old pictures :)
At the time of his first speech appointment, he independently said the following words: Daddy, no, all done, uh oh, and oh no. He will repeat some words like ear, eyes, mama, up, down, and probably a few more. He signs all done, help, and more, but those need a lot of prompting. He is actually just starting to sign help without being asked, but it's rare.
His first speech appointment went pretty well, actually. We got in to the little room and his speech therapist Maria set up a little visual schedule for him with songs, play, and story on it. She tried to get Jackson engaged, and he liked the song and chose wheels on the bus by picking the picture of the bus from her board. He liked listening, but didn't do any of the hand gestures like he normally does with me. She would periodically turn the music off, and he would whine, and she would say to him "oooh, you want MORE" and show him the sign. He didn't actually sign it, but would smile when she said more.
After the song was over we played with this little ball game, where she was working on getting him engaged, working on following along when she would say "ready, set, GO" and then encouraging him to ask for help when he couldn't get the balls out himself. He did pretty well and let her get close to him and would bring the toy to me as his way of asking for help, and she encouraged me to wait him out for eye contact as well as the cue of bringing me the toy.
He wanted nothing to do with the book, so she decided that was okay and we could sign all done and be all done. Which Jackson was very happy about and headed right towards the door! He waved bye bye and we were off!