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What we’re working on this month

I’ve had a harder time keeping up my focus and intensity with Hannah’s home based therapy lately, so I’m posting here my plans for the month to help me focus (and, hey, it gives you an insight into what it is that takes time about “Hannah’s therapy” that I’m always mentioning).  🙂

Sometimes I’m not sure what to focus on next with Hannah (there are so many things to work on!), but sometimes there are clear choices.  Lately, Hannah’s been making GREAT progress at recognizing and labeling her own emotions and empathizing with basic emotions in others (“The baby’s crying- he’s so sad!”).  Armed with some ideas from the speech therapist, I’ve been working on supporting that, and expanding her feelings vocabulary- scared, surprised, silly, and so on.  I spent the last hour looking up books, and requesting library books about feelings.  I started out just looking for books for Hannah, but ended up finding some for Sarah and Evan as well.  I guess we’ll make it a family theme for the next few weeks.

I’m also going to started emphasizing answering.  Hannah’s language has progressed to the point that we have been able to have a few simple conversations.  I’m so thrilled about that!   The other day we had this conversation:

Hannah: “Sky’s mommy cat.

Me: “Sky has a mommy?”

Hannah “Sky’sa mommy cat!”

Me: “No, Sky is a daddy cat!”

Hannah: “Sky is a mommy cat!

Simple, it would seem so, but she was understanding what I was saying, formulating her own opinion, and quickly replying which is a huge step for a child with language processing challenges!

Hannah likes to be answered.  Often, if someone doesn’t acknowledge what she says, she’ll repeat it over and over until they do acknowledge what she’s saying.  She doesn’t always feel obliged to follow the convention of answering when others initiate.  So for the next month, I’m going to praise her for answering, and point out to her when she wants an answer.  In a month or so, I’ll move on to prompting Hannah that someone who is speaking to her wants an answer.


One comment on “What we’re working on this month

  1. suzyqbills
    June 20, 2012

    This is great! Thanks for sharing. Keep this progress in mind on the hard days that don’t feel like there is progress being made.

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