Saturday, 11 December 2010

Language therapist

We had another session with Karen, the language therapist today.

Emily showed more promise than the last time we saw her, but she is still WOEFULLY behind other children of her age.

Hopefully the more sessions we do, the better she'll get.

One amazing thing came out of today's session - seeing Emily interact PROPERLY with a jigsaw puzzle. With all the puzzles at home she really doesn't take much notice, trying to press the pieces into any old hole before becoming bored and wandering off. Today she not only focused on the puzzle, she also over came various frustrations in trying to get the piece to sit in the hole correctly.

Watching her doing this really gave me hope... until we had our Hairy Maclary meltdown. Karen brought out a board book just before we left and upon taking it away from Emily, the nuclear meltdown occurred. I had to recite Hairy Maclary's Bone to her to calm her down.

There's still something rather oddly strange about hearing a child crying their eyes out, only to stop to say a word like "horse" or "bone" and then go back into the crying.
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