Blake had his first speech session on Friday. Most of the time was spent filling out the paperwork and providing a picture of his developmental levels across the spectrum of skills.
Blake was fascinated with his speech therapist, ST, and even spoke to her quite a bit. Starting this Friday his sessions will be at 9am which will be good because that is Colby's nap time. This is good for two reasons... one Colby won't be a distraction and two Blake will get the full attention of both myself and ST.
We have begun working with him on some simple signs. The first goal is to eliminate his frustration and provide him other means of communication. We will continue to encourage him to speak for as much as possible while giving him a few signs to help too. ST had suggested beginning with "more" and "open". Blake picked up on "more" very quickly. We haven't really had a lot of need for the word "open", but do use the sign when it comes up.
Richard and I decided to jump in and add a few more words. We decided that "help" was an important one for us to use with him. Blake is very strong willed and independent, and if you try to help him when he doesn't want help he gets even more frustrated. But, at the same time if you don't help him and he wants help... yep he gets even more frustrated with the situation.
We are also using the signs "milk", "yes", "no", "thank you", and "sorry". But, we aren't expecting him to master these ones first. My thinking, knowing Blake, is the more he's exposed to Richard and I using the signs the more likely it is for him to begin using them himself.
The exciting thing is he is trying to say the word while doing the sign so he seems to be making the connection between the spoken word and the sign already!
As things progress, I'll keep you posted on the things we are doing.