I’ve decided to be a little more proactive about Finn’s speech. So far I have simply allowed him to go at his own pace and not tried to press him, fearing I would aggravate him. No longer. Last night I got out a paper and pen, sat Finn down on his bed, and in lieu of reading a book went through sounds via the alphabet and zeroed in on what he has trouble with. Main culprits: L and V. If a word has an L or V in it he has trouble with the whole thing. His solution is to skip it or to find a different pronunciation that works better for him. This has resulted in sentences like “I you, Ober” (I love you, Oliver). On top of this he has trouble with k, r, n, h, and th. You can imagine how difficult he is to understand!
After figuring out which sounds he has trouble with, my next step is to work on the sounds themselves, before the words. And then the words, before the sentences. Last night I helped him to figure out how to make the V sound. He got so excited when he realized he could do it. He said “Oh!” When I said we were done he wanted to keep going. He said “have” for the fist time last night. This morning we started working on L. I found a site that has proved to be very useful to me:
She taught me how to use my finger to touch the tip of Finn’s tongue and the place behind his teeth he needs to touch with it to say L. We worked on La La La, Lu Lu Lu. Then I went and got a lollipop and started sucking it. “I wawipop! I wawipop!” I told him he had to say it correctly. “I have wawipop?” Ha ha..it wasn’t perfect, and it took a lot longer than one try..but he got it. I can’t wait for him to call Wucy… Lucy! Thank you all for your suggestions. I definitely feel urged to get this corrected at an early age. I expected people to say, “oh it’s no big deal. Just give it time.” and make my fears go away, but instead this has lit a fire under me. So I’m going to keep working with him, correcting incorrect speech until he gets tired of saying everything wrong. I’ll see what his pediatrician says in two weeks for his 3 and half year appointment. If he hasn’t progressed by the time he is 4 I will take him to be evaluated by a speech therapist.
Finn just asked for a Mashmeyow. With the reward of one, I got him to say marshmallow. Well…smarshmeadow. But it’s a step in the right direction!
Eliza…where are my confounded slippers?!!