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Old 08-14-2008, 12:48 PM   #11
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First step would be to get in touch with the school he'll attend and check out what programs they offer for him in addition to what you can do privately. Get the IEP (individual education plan) process started early. You want to be sure that he won't be spending all day in speech classes and that there is a good curriculum for him to learn what he needs to learn. Did you ever consider sign language for him? If he's unable to say the words, maybe he can sign them. You can try starting with baby signs. You may be suprised how quickly he'll pick it up.
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Thanks jabbur! Im going to the school tomorrow to meet his teacher. I know for a fact that he wont get much speech therapy there., esp. not one on one. As far as sign language, his therapist recomended against it, and at this point it would probably be useless. His speech is much better, but he still loses letters here and there which makes it difficult to understand him sometimes.
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Old 08-14-2008, 03:39 PM   #13
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I'm not suprised the therapist was against him learning sign. Most do even for deaf kids! But it has been proven that kids that learn how to sign first then speak, do better academically and speak better than the kids who never learn to sign. The important thing is language acquisition then communication. He still may benefit from sign language even though his speech is improving. Signing is fun and he may enjoy learning it and using it.
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