Since February Adam has been attending Speech and Language therapy sessions. During these past few months I have learnt so much about the process of learning to talk. What seems such a natural ability is actually a minefield of skills, strength, coordination and movement. Adams vocabulary has recently exploded due to the therapy sessions. It is becoming easier for an outsider to understand what he is saying.
In a recent speech session it was clear that Adam struggled when blowing on a straw.He wasn’t able to round his mouth enough to get lip closure around the straw. This skill is needed in order to form specific speech sounds. So this week we have been working on oral-mouth exercises. With it being October we created some Halloween inspired Oral-Mouth exercises with Halloween Straw Race.
I placed a Spiders Web plate onto a table and added four large plastic spiders. I then gave Adam a skull head black drinking straw. The object of the activity was for Adam to blow through the straw and push the spider into the middle of the web with his breath.
Immediately I could see Adam was attempting to bite the straw and not closing his mouth around it. We practised how to form his mouth correctly around the straw and he persevered with the activity. However, when he realised the spider wasn’t moving around the plate like mine, he tried to push the spider along with the straw.
For our next Halloween inspired oral-mouth exercise I used a Skull plate, Pumpkin Drinking Straw and small round chocolate pumpkins. The aim of this activity was to blow through the pumpkin straw to move the pumpkin chocolate into the eye sockets of the skull. Although Adam found the activity slightly easier because of the repeated practise he still struggled to get the chocolate pumpkins to move around easily.
This is certainly an activity we will continue to work on and I shall be finding other oral-mouth exercises to help Adams speech.
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