I haven't posted on Blake's speech in a bit, so I figured I would. Blake is still working on learning more signs and seems to be doing well with picking them up. He has mastered a few of then and is beginning to use the independently, with Richard and I. He now knows and uses: 'more', 'milk', 'please', 'open', 'all done', 'sorry', 'baby', 'go', and 'cookie'. We are working on 'bathroom', 'music', 'water', 'banana', 'drink', and 'eat'.
We are working on the sounds /m/, /p/, /b/, /ee/ and /o/. The latest thing is to have Blake look at our mouth as we form the sounds correctly so he can see how it should look. Also, when we say /b/and /p/ we have him feel the air come out of his mouth. One thing that we are noticing is that he is saying a lot of the sounds with a nasal tone to it. This very well could be connected to the fact that he is tongue tied and his tongue is interfeering with the sounds ability to escape his mouth correctly.
At this time, we are strongly considering talking to an ENT to find out how complicated this would be to correct. How envasive is this procedure? How long is the recovery time? We feel that this needs to be done. We have come to the conclusion that it will help in so much in the long run to have it corrected soon. Richard is crazy busy right now at work, but it is high on the priority list after his work quiets down a bit. I'm also thinking about asking the speech therapist to look at Colby too to see if we should consider having Colby's tongue taken care of now too.
I just hope that getting it done will help him. I just hope it will provide him the jump he needs to correct his articulation issues. I just want to be able to clearly understand my little guy... for both of us!