Day 4 of our intensive training and Lachy’s progress in relation to his decoding is definitely improving.
We started off our session with our encoding/decoding a book. We looked at one of Lachlan’s favourite books, the “Hot Wheels” set and worked through his story. Then we looked at a Fitzroy reader on the iPad where he got to select his story. We worked through this together and there is a marked improvement in this today from yesterday. Lachlan decoding/encoding session Fitzroy reader. Day 4
You may observe from this clip, that Lachy appears to have difficulty remembering what was just said? Is this a short term memory or a working memory issue? Could it be part of his receptive language delay impacting on this? If so, then I wonder how I can improve this with him? In my observation, it appears that he has difficulty ‘rephrasing’ the sentences if they are longer than 6 words. You may also notice that Lachlan will copy what I say, as I am saying it. This is something he does in conversation with others as well at times.
Lachy was able to identify all of the visual prompts for the green level, apart from “tan”, he said ‘tin’ as just as he did yesterday. Lachy is showing a tendency to make identical errors each time we do something. I believe it is important that I continue to reconnect each and every time, (which I do). I will record him tomorrow with this activity to see how he goes. He continued to make the additional ‘ngh’ sound with some of his prompts, however, when we tapped the sounds out on the carpet, he was able to get it correct. I have noticed that the number of these errors is decreasing yet again, and he continues to be aware of it.
Lachy then looked at a couple of these visual prompts and we looked at our duck hands, lines and numbers. He was able to identify the visual prompt, make the correct lines and numbers, and then we played the speech sound piano to identify the first sound we heard. Take a pic of what we think it may look like, see if we could find it on our speech sound cloud wall, and then write it on our page.
Lachlan really likes the ‘routine’ of this activity. He likes the manipulation of taking a picture, and then walking to find the picture on the cloud with his pointer. As we have been using RWI conjunction with this, he then remembers how to write it by the auditory prompting.
Overall, another day where he is improving and he always blows my mind with his ability to try his hardest each and every day we are doing this, or any of his activities, without complaint. I really do admire this little boy and his endearing qualities.