A Mum's Journey with Dyspraxia

From the beginning, part 2….

on November 20, 2011

So we went private… we found a therapist that had a good background and highly qualified.  She spent her sessions working with me, giving ideas on how to encourage more speech and sounds as he was at that stage too young to work with direction, in her opinion.

Finally we starting seeing a SLT at Special Education when Kaden was 3 yrs old.  She determined that there was a speech delay and we booked him in to have 1 session per fortnight.  During those sessions the therapist would show Kaden an exciting toy, then show him a picture card (for example a sheep and the word “ba” under it).  She would say to Kaden, say ba, say ba, say ba… finally Kaden would say something and she would then give him the toy to look at.  Then less than 60 seconds later she would take the toy off him and start the process again.  Needless to say it only took a couple of sessions before Kaden didn’t want to go.  When I explained to the therapist one day that he had thrown a huge tantrum before coming I was told that maybe it was time we looked at kindergarten because if he was left to his own devises then he might get the push to talk!?!?!?

So we went private again… silly really, looking back on it I should have complained and got another therapist through the public system.  I guess at the time it was all new to me and I was just learning how to “fight the system”.

Seabrook McKenzie http://www.seabrookmckenzie.net/  was our next stop.  My brother had gone there when he was younger and they had helped him and my mother heaps.  The SLT at Seabrook was awesome.  She really cared about Kaden and put a lot of work into their sessions.  She based her therapy on the Nuffield programme and would work with Kaden as much as we wanted (or could afford).  We did blocks, generally 2 sessions a week for 3 weeks then a break of 2 weeks.  My only concern with this SLT was she never pushed Kaden and I felt he could have been pushed a bit more.  He loved her though and continued seeing her until he was 4 1/2 yrs when we finally went back to the public system.

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