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Wednesday, February 22, 2006


Lisa, the speech pathologist, asks Griffin (while showing him a card) a person who bakes is a ...? and Griffin says,"a baker". Lisa asks, "a person who bikes is a ...." Griffin answers, "a biker". It goes on with several more questions and each time Griffin gets it right without any help whatsoever. He just figured out how it works and applied that "er" to the end of the root word to make a noun. I was thrilled to say the least and I think that Lisa was pretty impressed as well. They have also been working on pronouns especially possessive pronouns, and attributes. Griffin has come a long way with his speech especially since having the PE tubes put in his ears, however, he still has plenty of room for improvement. There is still some babbling that is unintelligible and what vocabulary that he does have is still quite limited. Griffin is able to answer questions usually with only one word and I don't know if that is on purpose or if that's the best that he can do for now. I do think that part of it is that he can get by with what little bit of language he does have and therefore he doesn't put forth as much effort. It's just a guess and who knows if that is the case. Griffin is receiving services at school as well with Marcia who is also a fantastic speech pathologist. I haven't spoken to Marcia in awhile so I don't know what he is working on at school but I do know that my little guy is moving right along and that I am proud of his progress as always. I would like to thank Lisa and Marcia for their hard work and dedication because Griffin would not have come as far as he has without them. Also Nancy G. who was Griffin's speech pathologist before Lisa made a huge difference in helping him come a long way. Last but not least Lisa Miller who was Griffin's very first speech pathologist and paved the way for Griffin and gave him the head start that he needed from age 18 months to age 3 years. Thank you all so very much for all that you have done. We have been so fortunate to have so many wonderful and caring individuals on board.

8 comments:

kyra said...

wow! griffin is making such wonderful progress! and he's so beautiful!! i love that he has such dedicated and gifted people in his love, including YOU!

Melissa H said...

Sounds like Griffin is doing great in his therapies!! You give me more hope than you know!

KCsMom said...

Hi Lora,

Please send those angels my way! What wonderful teachers, real angels. I am so impressed with Griffin's progress, it sounds like he really loves to learn.
I bet things are much clearer for him to hear since getting the tubes. What does the PE stand for?

Debby said...

Griffin is making such wonderful progress. You must be so happy!

Mom to Mr. Handsome said...

That's great that Griffin caught on so quick to those questions! They present a higher level of thinking. Also, the fact that he did not have to be prompted for the correct answer is awesome. Way to go!

Kristin

Kristina Chew said...

Many SLP's have been some of the most significant people in Charlie's and our lives. Our best-ever SLP really encouraged us to do Verbal Behavior with Charlie; it might be one more way to help Griffin learn to extend the length of his sentences.

mommyguilt said...

Kudos definitely to the SLPs, but TONS of applause and praise to Griffin and to you! He is doing so well. The SLPs are laying the ground work to make him a much better speaker with the skills he will need to communicate effectively and HE and YOU are doing the REAL work ...the actual communication.

YOU TWO are fabulous!

Eileen said...

Griffin is doing so amazing! What a great little guy he is.