Posted (Tina) in All Posts on June-8-2009

Today was exciting because we had our first speech therapy appointment.

The therapist and I talked mostly about strategies and small ideas to work on with Ella. With speech therapy, we let Ella lead the show. If she doesn’t like something, the speech therapist takes the opportunity to teach Ella how to tell us that she doesn’t want it. It is all centered around Ella’s motivation and what she wants and getting her to express those likes and dislikes. Now that I understand more about the approach, I don’t think Ella is going to mind speech therapy at all…since she gets to call the shots! Since Ella doesn’t know the speech therapist yet, I had to hold Ella during the session, so I was not able to snap any pictures. But we should have some in the upcoming weeks.

Since we have to go to the doctor tomorrow, we also had OT this afternoon. This went well too. We didn’t have any fussing from Ella. She was very tolerant of the various activities and exercises from the OT.

And we are so excited that she is using other objects in her mouth for teething. We’ve always tried to introduce them but she has never been willing to take anything else. So today included her toes but also a regular teething toy! Yeah!

We’re gearing up for our big day at the hospital tomorrow. Ella will likely have to get up earlier than normal so we can show up on time. We hope that we get the answers that we are looking for!

kristin on June 8th, 2009 at 11:01 pm #

Ella u r goinbg to have a great appointment tomorrow!! What an exciting time you are having! I am so happy that your first experience with speech therapy haS been positive! Your Mommy is going to learn so many new things and we can’t wait to hear all about it!!
Kisses and hugs sweet Ella.

Joel Snyder on June 9th, 2009 at 4:06 am #

Ella, I hope you have a great day with your doctors visits. What great news about your speech therapy and I am praying it goes well for you. I will check on you tonight. Love,Grandpa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Williamsburg on June 9th, 2009 at 11:08 am #

Wow – something more fun than an oxygen tube to chew on – that really is cool! Praying for you all today – hope the hospital visit goes well. XOXOXO

Kellie on June 9th, 2009 at 2:49 pm #

I spoke with Liz (Nayeli’s mom) today and she said you are in Denver. We’re planning to meet in Denver next Spring and would love to see your family as well. We have almost a year to plan, but I just wanted to give you a heads up!

Ella looks great! Blue is HER color and I love the yoga poses 🙂

Jill E G on June 9th, 2009 at 3:03 pm #

So great to see Ella put things in her mouth! You all have been working so hard. We will be thinking of you at you appointment.

Lisa Richmond on June 9th, 2009 at 4:32 pm #

I have a feeling Ella will have no problem telling you verbally what she likes and dislikes! She is going to be one funny girl! I think once she finds her voice…she will talk non stop! Won’t that be beautiful! You all have my prayers and thoughts with you daily!

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