I first heard of the "babble game" over on the Cochlear Kids blog, as a good way to practice hearing and repeating different sounds. This is good for speech development, and also for tracking hearing levels with which sounds the kids are able to reproduce correctly. Obviously Nolan is just learning the idea of this game, so he generally doesn't imitate. He is starting to catch on, though, and will occasionally repeat the babble. Here is a sample of us learning to play the babble game:
Gage and Brook use beads to make bracelets, but that won't work with a 14 month old. I used raisins instead. I also used Matt as a model- he has a speech delay so he says many of the babble words incorrectly. This game is rather good for him, too! We don't have true AVT in this area, so I am sort of "winging it" with the help of other parents on the internet.
We also have Nolan's IFSP review coming up soon. We will have to make goals for an age level of 21 months. I am waiting to see the results of his annual testing through EI, as I am sure that will yield some goals. We are continuing with sign language as well as with the auditory/oral part of his therapy. Nolan will imitate many signs and often will attempt to verbalize the words he signs. The combination seems to work for him, so we will continue with this method.