|Getting ready to go to speech therapy!|
Jacob's progress has been excruciatingly slow. But there's been progress, nonetheless. When he started at Youthful Horizons, he was essentially mute. He didn't even grunt much. We had him using Geminii system, but he got bored quickly. And I think that's because the Geminii system is geared more towards people with Autism. There was very little emotion in the programs, and it relied heavily on repetition. All good things, don't get me wrong. But he was bored. So we topped out on his progress pretty quickly, then backslid for a while. And, at $99/month for the program, we couldn't afford to keep using something that wasn't working.
About that time, we found Debbie at Youthful Horizons She and Jake have been an awesome fit. She's mellow, nice, and she has all the best toys--at least Jacob seems to think so!
Jacob is nearly 6 1/2 now. Sign language is still his primary language, but now he's added a few words to his vocabulary. He can say things like purple, bye, dad, mom (pronounced ba), Elisha (pronounced uheesa), he calls Courtney (seesa), bus, please (pronounced psss), blue (boo), there it is, that, dog, Craig (his PT), and occasionally, when he's in a good mood, I'll here his say Debbie. 13 words and 1 phrase.
I'll TOTALLY take it!
And on those days when I'm frustrated that he still prefers to yell rather than use his words, I remind myself that we couldn't understand his older brother (who is normally functioning and actually quite smart) until he was 12!
Patience, grasshopper. Patience.