Kris - posted on 01/13/2010 ( 2 moms have responded )
I have a 2 yr old daughter who only really has 1 word so far (ok 1.5, most days she can say "cookie" as well). She has those moments where she manages to say something crazy like "toothbrush" but they're fleeting. We've been seeing a speech therapist for a few months now and it's yet to really do anything. Sophie's very shy and since she can't speak she uses her hands to show her emotions, so the first time the therapist saw her she wouldn't look her in the eye and she flapped her hands. She asked me if we'd done the autism screening and I think from then on that's all she's had in mind. We've done the screening about 3 times now and nothing note worthy has come up.
When your kids are in therapy what is it like? As I said Sophie doesn't speak so she can't and won't repeat sounds back yet, but the therapists was obsessed with getting Sophie to play with baby dolls. The whole time all they stressed was getting her to feed beans to a doll or stir food in a play kitchen. Now I also have an 8 month old, so obviously babies are not super popular with Sophie. I guess I want to know if you did more work with actual communication than with play habits. At home she can pick a toy out of a lineup if you name it and she's getting better at following directions, I guess I just assumed that therapy would focus more on that. Am I totally wrong?