5.9 Years: Summer Setback is Totally Okay!

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Well, it's been quite the month for Annabelle with dance recitals, T-ball games, horseback riding lessons, summer school and being dragged to all of her siblings' sporting events. I am prefacing this post with that blurb about how "busy we've been" to make up for my lacking behind with our oral motor exercises. I am ashamed to admit that we have barely done them at all this month. I am even going to admit that I can tell Annabelle's speech has been slipping a bit because of it.

 

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5.8 Years: Graduating Preschool

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She did a great job at her graduation which consisted of songs, slideshows, pictures, and a diploma ceremony. While Annabelle is looking ahead to a summer full of dance, t-ball, swimming, and horseback riding lessons, my mind is jumping ahead to kindergarten this fall. So, at the conclusion of the school year, I sat down with Annabelle's preschool teacher, her future kindergarten teacher, and the school's principal. (She attends a small, private school that has never had a student with Down syndrome.)... READ MORE ...
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5.7 Years: Our Current TalkTools Program

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We recently met with Monica Mitchell, our TalkTools speech therapist, to review and update our oral motor exercises plan. I know I have mentioned it in the past, but there are some people that you just click with in life and Monica is one of those people for Annabelle. When we are working with Monica, Annabelle holds nothing back. I am seriously amazed at some of the orneriness she comes up with. At one point, Monica asked Annabelle to try some something new, and Annabelle responded with a goofy face and said, "Sure Monica, what the heck?!"

"What does your TalkTools program look like?"

One of the questions I get asked frequently from parents is "What does your TalkTools program look like?" So, this month I thought I would give an overview of the exercises Annabelle is currently working on. READ MORE

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5.6 Years: A Trip to the Dentist

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We are mixing it up a bit for our video this month! The video shows Annabelle at her dentist check up. She loves the dentist and has always enjoyed it. The oral motor exercises that we have done with her since the age of 5 months old have allowed her to have no oral sensitivities... READ MORE.
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5.5 Years: Work Hard, Play Hard

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Annabelle has had a good month. Her wheels are always turning, and it is so funny to listen to her answer questions and tell stories. Some of which are very fictional. However, in most cases, she is very capable of answering questions and telling stories appropriately and truthfully. For example, yesterday I asked her what she had for snack at preschool. READ MORE
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