I haven't posted about Blake's speech in a while, so I figured I'd fill you in...
First this is a slow process and we knew that going in. He is learning more and more signs and beginning to use the independently. He is also clearly saying more beginning sounds than ever. We are still working on /m/, /b/, /p/, /ee/, /oo/, /oh/ and /h/.
It is hard because he tries very hard, but still struggles to say the sounds correctly. We haven't had a chance to constant an ENT about his tongue, but that is on the top of the to-do list. We are now also working on using his upper lip... he doesn't round it when he makes sounds such as /oo/. We've noticed that he keeps it flat while drinking out of both a sippy cup or straw cup. Strange.. he does have the strength to use it correctly... now it's just a reteaching thing.
As for me... well I still struggle with trying to help him. I still struggle with trying to figure out what he needs to keep his frustration at bay. I still struggle with the feeling that I should have caught this earlier, I should have done something to eliminate this issue before it got to this point. But alas there is nothing I could have done, and nothing I can do now. We just take it one step at a time and realize that he is making progress... and he will get there.