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Frustration about Speech Delays and How to make Therapy Fun

By Clare Meaney
on May 04, 2016

I hear from a lot of parents who have children with Sensory issues that their children have speech delays. Communication is such a big thing for anyone living an independent life and reduces frustration being able to express what we think, what we want and what we need.
I always find babies babbling a crazy thing as my son never really did this he was pretty quiet apart from when he was crying he didn’t make the baby noises. He was always behind with speech and we decided to learn Makaton to help with the process.
Makaton is a language programme using signs and symbols to help people to communicate. It is designed to support spoken language and the signs and symbols are used with speech, in spoken word order.
Its lovely hearing about  Makaton Groups now in our local area Wirral, Hands Up with the lovely Steph, we were so lucky when my son was small that a group called Sundowns let us join in even though it is for children with Down’s Syndrome and we will always be grateful for the help they gave us at that time.
We have had a few group sessions of speech therapy over our time but funding for speech therapy as most know is a postcode lottery. Over the years his speech has got better and better but he is still very conscious about it and has had bullying in the past because of it. Kids can be cruel.
Since Home Educating I asked what would he really like to learn his answer……. ‘Learn how to speak properly so I don’t sound stupid’……. Heartbroken hearing those words I went on a momma mission (like those who know me happens quite a bit) I began researching we did the sounds test and worked out the 2 sounds we wanted to work on over this year.
Since October wow have we come on! We do blow football, we make fires that need lots of blowing to ignite them more(and of course has little boys interested) we do tongue exercises in the mirror, we use bendy straws lots, we use chews(a lot for sensory issues also) Confidence is building and we can fit it in far more than schools ever could.
Straws are a big thing in our house and the silly straws makes it all a bit fun. I think the key is to have fun with it. If my son thought he was doing speech therapy each day he probably wouldn’t do it as really it sounds boring and has been for him in the past but being silly with momma around the house with musical instruments singing lalalalala, babababa, thththth, mmmmm. So I think what I want you to realise from this blog is there is so much you can do at home whilst waiting for appointments, whilst making memories and having fun as a family.

World’s apart but getting closer each day

By Clare Meaney
on August 30, 2015

Ever thought why so many people say ‘there never used to be so many people with sensory issues, maybe they are just making it up and dramatic now’ it really annoys me.


We always used to wonder why my little man is easier whilst away on our family holidays in Romania. Reduced meltdowns, slightly more sociable and just a happier little boy running around free and then it clicked Romanian villages are similar to how England used to be lots of years ago when nobody had bad sensory issues so people say I think personally they were just managed better without people realising it.

 


We’ve been doing so well with the sensory diet that our lovely OT’s have helped us with, exercises 3-4 times a day for 20-30minutes. Exercises like sit ups, press ups, crab walking, exercises with the gym ball, and pull ups on the chin up bar and many more all heavy work. Running around never calms the little man down but these things do.
So children in Romania in the villages do chores helping out there families, filling up water buckets, feeding animals, picking fruit off trees, stacking up logs etc. all heavy work. In their free time they are riding bikes, climbing trees, playing in the river again all heavy work.


All these things are sensory diet exercises which could be the answer to why so many children struggle so much more with sensory issues in western countries and compared to years ago that life is busier, Xboxes, ipads and phone are very important to us all now. I’m not saying all issues go with doing the sensory diet but for us it’s been such a positive experience and has calmed down and given us a few strategies to cope better.


Going for runs is not going to calm down your sensory children and neither is doing the exercises once per day, it really is a big commitment but one we feel is benefiting our family greatly.


Life in Romania is quieter less cars, less stimulation, less additives in food, and more exercise and an all round healthier lifestyle I really love it over there unfortunately western life is creeping in more and more each time I go. These are all just my opinions but we are using the best of both worlds for us, trying to eat better and be more active, whilst using the best of the sensory toys/products available here too massagers, water beads, swings, rainbow lights, and Senseez cushions to name just a few. To try our very best that sensory issues aren’t ruling our life like they have done in the past.

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