Liam went to his first speech therapy appointment this morning. Liam's therapists have been telling me that he needed speech for quite a while but I was waiting on doctors orders at his 15 month appointment and we finally got the green light to go ahead and start speech. I called Children's Hospital and it's a 5-6 month wait list JUST for an evaluation! I couldn't believe it! I put my name on the list but started to look for other options. Thankfully we were able to get an appointment with a speech therapist that his OT recommended in a weeks time which was awesome.
Today was mostly an observation evaluation along with a Q&A. Liam is actually not far behind at all for his adjusted age (12 months) and is much better on paper than I thought. This is a good thing! The therapist suggested to start signing with Liam and suggested the Signing Time DVDs. I actually saw that on Amazon you can do a 7 day rental that I can watch on my ipad and I'm excited to start that soon!
We also worked on eating because some days Liam just won't even open his mouth to eat. I was told to bring something he really liked for her to try to feed him. He took a few bites and she slowly started breaking puffs apart to add texture to his puree. He was fine with the texture but just stopped wanting to eat off of the spoon. I have tried many finger foods at home and she highly suggested that I keep on doing that because she said that he gets bored eating off the spoon.
I left feeling hopeful and with many good tips! I'm anxious to see him start signing, speaking more and eating foods with less problems. I'm excited to start a new therapy in hopes to help Liam flourish even more.