Since we the last session, I must say that there has been a definite change in the way Josh speaks. I can’t tell you the change that has occurred. It seems like he really has just GOT IT. He has control of his speech and it has lasted well over a week. This is the longest that a notable change has been observed. Last night, he had 30 minute telephone conversation with his friend – absoultely beautiful speech.
I suppose I was waiting for the fall before emailing you again for another session. Maybe we won’t need any more – a very unusual concept in this household as Josh has needed speech therapy since he was 6 and he has just turned 14 years old.
We have really not needed to remind him to use any technique, he self corrects – this approach to his speech works. At times, I can see Josh working at using the strategies he has learnt from you – it works …. IT WORKS. He practices the strategies all the time – using it at all times – he has control – he feels in control.
Last December, I searched for an approach to Josh’s speech that would work for him – he had all the ingredients for success – interest, focus and dedication – but he needed a brilliant therapist and approach. You are unique – the long search for an approach to fluent speech that worked was worth it.
Barbara, apart from the approach to speech, it was the discussions you had with Josh about the way he feels, linking this with his speech and ability to take a different perspective on board that was also integral to the improvement.
And can I also say that Josh not only enjoyed the skype sessions, but felt respected and liked by you – so thank you for the whole package.