I have been working with Lachy in his intensive SSP program for nearly a week now. Each day (apart from the weekend) we prioritise our time to dedicate to our SSP learning journey.
An update is necessary regarding my observations on this little boy and his achievements and learning quirks. I think this will be a really interesting perspective for me to have, and to take with me to his Allied Health Professionals, as well as his school this year.
I have mentioned previously, that Lachy tries hard. With his swimming lessons, he is now swimming without a bubble, he can duck dive to retrieve a sinky at the bottom of the pool. He is incorporating his bilateral movements with his arms and legs in swimming, though some days, it takes a little while for him to cognitively get the notion that he needs to kick his legs quickly up and down. But we are working on it.
Now with SSP, Lachy at the start of the work we were doing, was continually doing the ‘ngh’ as an additional sound with some of this words as he is sounding out with either his duck hands, tapping, or speech sound piano. This has dropped dramatically, but we are still getting it with a few of them. Maybe just time, and practice is all he needs. We will persist and see how this goes.
Lachy has difficulty identifying the speech sound pics from the clouds and matching them to his sounds. We have been doing this daily and he doesn’t appear to be making the links? We can go over the sound pics and sounds and one minute he gets it, the next minute he forgets it, like he hasn’t seen it before. BUT, this isn’t every time we do it, however, it is the majority of the time (say 90%)
We tried a different game that we saw Miss Emma demonstrating, and Lachy loved it. He did get a bit distracted by the puppet, but he was engaged and having a try. Have a look, and give me your feedback.[embed_video link=https://youtu.be/yoDhI0SpPSI]
I do believe this is working with him, however, his speech language delays are affecting his memory. Or his working memory is very poor, or his short term memory is poor. I really am at a loss as to know what to do to help him?
Lachy can successfully identify 3 Duck Level helpful words. They are ‘the’, ‘I’, and ‘a’. He can successfully identify these words in his books or in signs etc when we are reading. I think this is a very successful sign, however, I don’t know how long this may stay in his little mind, if we didn’t look at these each day?
Lachy has been looking at poster work with me. He identifies 3 pics. He does the duck hand, lines and numbers. We then work through the poster with a lot of scaffolded help from me. I then ask him to listen to me when we get to the speedy sentences and have him repeat that to me. I am hoping this will help him improve his working memory with me. Otherwise, I believe he would be habitually copying, which has been his little life long tactic in following conversation.
Your feedback is very much appreciated, and I look forward to hearing them