Granddaughter is five. She did not say a word until she turned 3. Doctors say that there is speech delay due to her having so many ear troubles. She's had tubes put in and replaced. She's had her tonsils and adenoids out, of one which (I can't remember which) grew back, so had to be removed yet again. So, needless to say she is very difficult to understand. She has been going to speech since 3 and will continue even in Kindergarten this year.
The problem is, she has begun to get very self conscious about it. This worries me. She seems to be getting frustrated now when you can't understand her and have to ask her to repeat herself. I don't want this to upset her or make her ashamed. So, we have switched to saying, "I can't understand you" to "I didn't hear you, can you repeat what you said". We've been trying to tell her, it's not always what she says, but that she isn't loud enough for us to hear.
So, moms with this issue, is this the best way to handle it? Or is there something else we can do?
Answer by SleepingBeautee at 3:17 AM on Jun. 16, 2013
My youngest is in speech therapy and is also going into kindergarten. Our speech therapist suggested some breathing exercises to help build his lungs so he has enough air for each sentence. I looked up a list online and these are the activities.
"SLPs can help individuals improve breath support and control through a variety of activities. Different breathing skills include: increasing one’s awareness of breath; taking bigger breaths; keeping a steady breath when speaking; and using a louder volume. Some activities to practice breathing are: blowing exercises —blowing a feather across a table; blowing a pinwheel; blowing bubbles; speech exercises —holding out vowel sounds (e.g., “eeee...”); singing songs (e.g., Happy Birthday ); and functional exercises —relaxing and breathing deeper (“belly” breathing); blowing a whistle; blowing up a balloon.
Answer by SleepingBeautee at 3:14 AM on Jun. 16, 2013
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