A Mum's Journey with Dyspraxia

From the beginning, part 6…

on November 20, 2011

And the planning started for our Max’s House trip started.  Thankfully we had offers of financial help from close family members so went ahead and booked our trip for July 2011.  Kaden would have an assessment and then 6 individual therapy sessions (2 per day).

Kaden immediately responded to the therapy and within the first session I had witnessed him say words I hadn’t heard him attempt before.  By the end of the 5 days of therapy I had heard him say more new words than I have ever!

Their approach is very different to any of the public or private therapists we have had in CHCH but after watching it work both Gareth and I believe it will work for Kaden.  We are now armed with lots of information, a DVD of Kaden having therapy and Max’s House support.

We came home with a plan to work very hard on the sounds Kaden already has and use those to create as many words as we can.  I am doing SLT sessions with Kaden 2 mornings a week and we have all his teachers, teacher aides and family on board to help.

It didn’t take long before I realized I didn’t have “enough”, I felt I needed more help and Kaden needed more therapy so we started planning our next trip and again thanks to so many friends and family helping we booked to go October 2011.  This time it was a full two weeks, with Kaden having one session per day.  It was great, he progressed even faster and I learnt heaps about the cues, sounds etc to bring home and continue the SLT work with Kaden.  Even the basic understanding of mixing sounds to make words, for example, Kaden can not make the “K” sound yet but general development of most children in speech means they use a “T” sound until they get the “K” sound… which means we can teach Kaden to say “Kaden” by breaking up the word to “TAY-DIN”…

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