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Monday, September 29, 2008
Working on Receptive Language
Nolan's expressive language is coming along swimmingly, but everyone has noticed an obvious lag in his receptive language. This is definitely new territory for me, since my speech-delayed child always had above average receptive language. While Nolan understands most of what he says (doggie being the exception- he can say it but might bring you a truck if you ask for one), he is far below the average 50-100 words that most 1 year olds understand. The word "mama" even eludes him- a "where is mama" yields a blank stare or a confused looking about for a random toy.
Sometimes I feel a little guilty that we don't live in an area with dedicated oral-deaf schools or even licensed auditory-verbal therapists, but I can't dwell on what isn't. So our solution is to increase the amount that we talk and read to him. Its really time to get working on those experience books!
I found a yahoo group called learn2hear and have been stealing language exercises from the wonderful parents there. The current theme is autumn, so in addition to our speech therapy goals (working on "in" and "out"), we are working on the following words:
Acorn, leaf, tree, colors, falling, spider, fog, frost, turkey, apple, spider web, pumpkin, squirrel.
I've adapted the words from the list on learn2hear for Nolan's age (photosynthesis is a bit beyond him at this point), so hopefully he'll pick up a few of them!