I have a love hate relationship with Lilly’s speech therapy. I would love for my little girl to say I love you, I want an Elsa doll for Christmas, Mom can we watch Frozen? Yes, Lilly says all these things through gestures, body language and a few words but words would be nice.
Between Lilly and I it seems like speech therapy is a never ending quest. We started with early speech with Lilly, than moved onto different methods as she got older.
When I was 5 years old I was diagnosed with Telegraphic Speech disorder and spent many years in speech therapy.
Some days I feel like I am banging my head on a wall. No matter what I do the progress is slow with Lilly. I have tried SPARK, OWLING, Sound Play, and Aggressive Therapy style with little results.
Last summer we saw a speech path who gave me a goal: To prepare Lilly for motor speech therapy.It seems we where forgetting a major part of speech therapy.
The skill before speech therapy.
Last summer Lilly didn’t copy, parrot or imitate other people on a regular basis. She did it when she felt like it but not often which makes it hard to get her to imitate sounds while conducting speech therapy activities.
We started to see progress!
Last fall as a grocery shopping surprise I got Lilly and A-man the movie Frozen. After half of a dozen times of watching it we heard something.
This was huge in our house! Lilly had never attempted to signing along to a song before. She always danced but never attempted anything vocally. Her sounds are in tune with the song and I hope one day she will attempt the words.
Since than we have watched a lot, (and I mean a lot) of Frozen. We make a huge deal about signing along to Let It Go!
Last month I got the idea to do a huge unit on Frozen. The school I get my specialized service through thought it would be a great theme to do. Our key focus in this unit is to focus on speech. Creating opportunities to encourage speech growth.
I will be doing this through all the areas of development!
For Christmas I encouraged family members to give art supplies in Frozen theme, and books. That was a huge help!
Here are my key language areas that I will be working on:
Words/ Signs: Cold, snowman, frozen
Songs: A chorus of Let It Go! and I wanna build a snowman.
Expanding Lilly’s sound base.
Right now I am busy planning activities, making capes, felt Elsa and Anna dolls to assist me with this unit. When I first started this project I had a bit of a panic attack about what to do until I went onto Pinterest!
If you would like to follow along with my finds please go to Follow Mommas Wonderings’s board Frozen Homeschooling Theme on Pinterest. I will also be sharing daily on Mommas Wonderings Facebook page of the articles of activities that we are using that day!
As The Hubby says Frozen has done so much for Lilly! We can’t wait to see what the future brings!
This post is linked up at: Weekly Wrap Up