Professor Mom

Chronicles the life of a mom, teacher, and writer trying to stay sane amid the chaos of daily life.

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Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

I think we need to get that Dora Scrabble game! We like that wacky explorer and matching the letters like that would be a great activity for learning while also being fun.
We had fun with hungry hippos this new year, but it has pretty much no educational value at all. Although you do get to count the marbles, so there's that.
We've got the two-year old in house, who is pretty hard to play games with at this point. He does okay most of the time with turn taking, but usually is selfish and a poor loser. We don't do much past dominoes, which we play in a way so that everyone gets to use all their dominoes in turn, with no real "winner". They still think it's fun, so that's what matters.

I'm so glad that the speech therapy is having positive effects. We have several little friends who were verified with speech delays early on and have since improved and no longer need therapy. Isn't it great that T is having such success!


the_tars's picture the_tars

Speech therapy is definitely worthwhile! For KayTar, it is hard to point to what finally clicked for her, though I firmly believe it started with the sign language. Then I think a combination of getting her hearing aid and speech therapy went a long way, too.


mouse's picture mouse

It's kind of funny that we've had the opposite experience with therapies (though both with the same kid). OT made a huge, immediate difference, and speech was just short of a disaster. I'm sure a lot of it had to do with who our therapists were.

Now, we've hit something of a holding pattern with OT. The improvements are much slower, but at least the sessions are provided by the school; more than anything, they provide definition and structure for our goals. And we may be headed back into some speech work, so I've got my fingers crossed it doesn't lead to more anxiety and stimming again.


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

I know--that's interesting, Mouse. It may be that we started OT with L. when he was older, and more resistant to the OT types of things. Also, I think that with OT, the child needs to do sessions very regularly--maybe twice or three times/week. We were doing it once/week for 30 minutes and he was doing things like swinging on a swing, making peanut-butter bird feeders--all things that we could do at home. It was hard to see how any of that was going to make a huge breakthrough. He was also VERY resistant, whereas T. loves speech and thinks it's all great fun!

I'm glad OT had such success--it might level off as Scooter gets older, or maybe he has a good foundation in it and this will carry him through several more years.


mouse's picture mouse

I think there can be a huge range of how well-provisioned OT providers are. The first one we went to had a large number of available activities and equipment and made good use of it. The provincial evaluator, however, had almost nothing, so it probably would have been more like L.'s experience. The school OT has a smallish room, but she has a decent number of things crammed in there. The key for both his first clinic and the current OT is that both always make it feel like play, so Scooter mostly didn't know he was working on specific skills.


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

Very true, Mouse. Our OT is pretty well-equipped, but I think part of the issue was that they just didn't know what to address with L. I have heard from other parents that OT has been very successful, I just don't think we've landed at the right place.