Sunday Snapshots- "Making Progress"

October 2, 2011

Speech Therapy Collage

This was week number three for speech therapy and I am somewhat amazed how quickly we are seeing progress. Especially after witnessing what went down on week one.........

Reagan decided to show her new teacher just how "Spicy" she could be right out of the gate.
She would not repeat anything she said, nor would she do any of the signs that Miss Kelly was trying to teach her. She was not having any of it and had a meltdown or two during the session.

A few hours after the teacher left, Reagan woke up from her much needed nap and did every sign she was taught and said the words to go with them. Our girl was holding out on the new teacher....... or just testing the waters. Pat was present for week two and he said it went very well. Reagan began to let her in and actually did what was asked of her.

Miss Kelly does not show up with a bag of goodies. She jumps into whatever we happen to be doing here at the house. If the girls are playing in their pretend kitchen, then she takes that opportunity to use words and signs and incorporate them into play. It is working extremely well and even Sarah looks forward to Friday morning Speech Therapy. We have to gently remind her that this hour is really for Reagan, but Sarah does not want to miss a minute and is right there cheering on her baby sister and helping the teacher encourage Reags to say her new words.

I was the one here for this week's session, so I decided to pull out the camera to get a few photos of Reagan working with Miss Kelly. She knows the routine now and as soon as Miss Kelly comes in and sits on the couch, Reagan will go up and get the pen to do some drawing on her folder. After that she usually goes through her sticker book and takes one or two. I am not sure where she got this from, but she puts all of her stickers on her face. This week she put it on her nose and had Sarah laughing like crazy.

After the drawing and the stickers, they decided to play with her baby dolls.
Well.... Reagan was not so sure she wanted to hand her over, but eventually gave in and let Miss Kelly hold her beloved baby.

I simply could not believe my ears this week. Her list of words is growing quickly!
Granted they are all simple, one syllable words...... but nonetheless, they are NEW WORDS!!

In addition to saying Mommy and Daddy, she is now saying:

hi
bye
ball
mix
up
dot
pat
in
mine
me
block
pop
no
Nick
night night
and her favorite.... MORE!!

I have the most adorable video of her saying them while she is in the bathtub. Unfortunately, I can't share it because she kept getting up out of the water, I am going to try to video her again this week but I will make sure to do it somewhere other than the bathtub so you all can view it. We love listening to her little voice. It is like music to our ears. Right now I am feeling very glad that I listened to my gut and called Early Intervention when I did. We are thrilled with Miss Kelly. Not only is she great with Reagan {and Sarah}, she gives both Pat and I things to work on with her each week. When the evaluation team came out they said that they could give her the speech therapy at the daycare center if it were easier. We requested they come to our house so that one of us could be there to oversee the session and so we could learn how to incorporate all of these techniques into our everyday life. We definitely made the right decision.

So many of you said that it would not take long for us to see the benefits of Early Intervention........and now I can say I believe that wholeheartedly! She might say a lot of the same words over and over again right now, but she is TALKING, TALKING, TALKING....and that's what counts.

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31 comments:

*Jess* said...

I am so thrilled! When my son started ST at age 27 months through EI, I could not believe that he said, "Cat please" after his first 45 min session. Sometimes it just takes an outsider to make things click!

Casey Martinez said...

So thrilled to hear the great progress she has been making and to see her cute little face in the pictures is too precious! She is such a doll! I can only imagine how priceless it must be to hear her talking to you as my little gal has just started saying words too!

Formerly known as Frau said...

YAY! So happy you followed your gut.....a hearing those words is surely joy to your heart. Way to go Reagan!!

Jodee said...

Way to go, Reagan. You must be soooo proud of her! She will be a chatty Kathy before you know it!

Love Letters To China said...

So happy to hear she's doing so well. You and Pat must feel such a sense of relief. I wholeheartedly believe in mother's intuition. It seems to be right on the mark each and every time. Can't wait to hear her on the video.

xoxo

Sharie said...

SIMPLY AWESOME! So excited that it is clicking so quickly for her.

Jill Samter said...

oh sweet music to a mommy and daddy's ears. i remember those moments too with our jordan. i love hearing she is doing so well already. that is wonderful lisa. such sweet shots of your beautiful princess.

love you bunches!
have a blessed week!
jill

Debbie said...

FANTASTIC LISA, I CANT WAIT TO SEE SOME VIDEO CLIPS! DX

Number 6 and no more counting! said...

that progress is amazing! Too cute that she was holding out from the teacher.

lea
xo

jdavis2 said...

awesome!!! we're celebrating this amazing milestone with you! fyi: we live in the big C and it is common for children to wear stickers on their foreheads (or faces). if you think about it, it kinda makes sense as they don't lose them when washing their hands or playing. ;)
please keep the good updates coming... we're cheering for you all!

Hannah said...

That is wonderful!! She looks so happy and excited with her new teacher, and I love how you can see Sarah in the back happily cheering her on!

Isn't amazing how a child's brain works, it's such an amazing gift. They just catch on and fly.

Michelle R Photography said...

That's awesome, Lisa!!! Soon she'll be talking up a storm and will be starting the "why, why, whyyyyy, Mommy?" phase. ;) I can't wait to see the video!!

The Byrd's Nest said...

That is wonderful! I'm so proud of Miss Reagan, I had to giggle at her first session...that is so much like my girls:) We are praying for her!

redmaryjanes said...

That is wonderful! I am very glad that you followed your instincts and brought in help. Sophia is in speach therapy. There are certain sounds that just are not natural for her.

Jaime said...

That is just amazing! She is such a doll, and I love how big sis loves to jump in and help! So blessed!

Hailey @ "Me & My Boys" said...

Thank you so so much for posting this. Our little guy is having his evaluation this week, and I've been pretty nervous about the whole thing. I just want to make sure I'm doing the right thing for him. Reading this gives me some encouragement, that's for sure. :)

Marla said...

Yay for Reags!! She's such a little smartie!! I love the way she says Nick, "Neeeeeeeeek", she is so stinking cute. Love that she puts the stickers on her face, too. :)

Happy Sunday!!

Martha said...

I know you are so proud of her progress..ALL those words she knows in such a short time, that is AWESOME...praise the LORD!

Gail said...

Oh Lisa, SO happy for her and you!!!!
She's a smart one...and she'll continue to progress each week!!
I know I've said this before, but with both of my littles, it's all been on 'their' terms.

Couldn't be happier for you all!!
Adorable pics of your cuties.

Have a great rest of your weekend.

hugs...

Patricia/NYC said...

Lisa, I am SO HAPPY for all of you!! Sounds like you have a gem in Miss Kelly too! :)

Pretty soon, I bet Miss Reagan will be chatting away non-stop & it will be hard to remember when she didn;t! ;)

Great photos too, by the way (as always!)

Jennie Louise said...

I wouldnt underestimate what a young childs can actually absorb... they are like sponges and still have the ability whilst young to learn ANY language/sounds we want them too.
Congrats on the progress.
Jenni. x

Mia's Mommy said...

Go Reags! I'm so glad it seems to be working for her. A relief for momma, too.

alicia said...

How exciting. So happy for the both of you. And a fab series of pics!

Christina said...

Always enjoy your posts when I tune in to read one. Ever hear of Baby Signing Time DVD's? My kids LOVE them...and it's songs and music to signed words..and they really pick up quickly! If you ever want to borrow one to see if she likes it..let me know and I'll drop one off. They are really cute because have kids doing most of the signing.

Sharon said...

This is wonderful! So thrilled that she is talking more. Never doubt your instincts! You know them best!

jade said...

Hurray! Nice to see you're catching up with the paperwork, having your son rocking the classmates, and the two daughters still being a team! So glad to read about the progress and yes, she sure is one funny little spicy lady! Kind regards

Virginia said...

Yay Reagan!! I'm so happy to hear that she's making such amazing progress. I laughed at the part about her going through every sign she learned AFTER the teacher had left. How sweet that Sarah is such a cheerleadar for her little sister.

Gin =)

Kayce said...

Awesome, awesome news!!! So happy to hear that things are going well...early intervention is so wonderful! Keep up the great work Reagan!!

Anonymous said...

It really easy... If she's not there for Sarah, but Sarah in school that day. This is supposed to be for Raegan to help Raegan. Stop babying Sarah so much, shesh.

Marla said...

Dear anonymous chicken who doesn't have the guts to sign your name,

Learn how to spell or better yet, don't read this blog if you don't like what's posted here. Sheesh!!

3 Peanuts said...

This is GREAT news!!!