Wednesday, we finally had a consultation with a Speech Therapist here, in Cambridge. Speech is on the top of my list for Ella because, while you won’t see many adults with Down Syndrome unable to walk, there are some who have a great difficulty speaking and being understood. The bottom line, is that I feel like Ella should be more developed in her speech since she has had VERY few set backs. That being said, she is doing fabulously physically and tends to focus on one area or the other. She also has very good understanding and comprehension. I know she knows a lot of words, she can follow basic instructions and uses sign language.
Regardless, I would like to hear her saying more words and since she does not like the pressure of mimicking, they suggested simple repetition of words using simple games that Ella enjoys. So I went shopping. It’s about time really.
I bought some domestic animals to put and a drawstring bag to put them in and a bag of fruit and veg. Because Ella loves taking things out of cupboards, bags, boxes, etc. we follow this pattern taking turns with whoever wants to play, pulling out items and naming them, then when they are all out, we put them back in one by one. Simple enough?
As a 30th birthday gift to myself, I decided to write out my story. It is an exercise favoured by intermediate and highschool teachers alike because we all know how it goes. But that was long ago and the story has almost doubled in length. Not only that, but there are insights that we gain along the way, we recognize scenes that shaped who we are with more emotional analysis, especially the sensitive parts and there is a less objective approach to the sequence of events that are our lives. No matter, I think it is still a useful practice…for what? I’ll let you know when I’m done.
“I have been told that I was born on a snowy day in February, 30 years ago. I was premature, as I have always believed that to be on time, is to be late and to be early is to be on time. I think everyone will now agree, I was right on time.”
I haven’t decided how much I will share on here. Perhaps just a few excerpts here and there….
And lastly, a very short foodie friday thought. Are you looking to infuse your everyday porridge? Try this, grate an apple into the pot, add some cinnamon and raisins…if you like that sort of thing…Yummm.
I don’t know about you, but I am glad that it is Friday! Not only that, but next week is half-term (a week off mid-term, here in the UK). It will be nice not to have to rush mornings and get out of the house to get Jakob to school. That being said, I would love some ideas of fun things to do with the kids to keep from getting cabin fever. What are you doing this weekend?