Bob had his third appointment with the new Speech Therapist this week, you know the one who told me Bob was "functional" and didn't need speech therapy. Well, she must've went home and thought about it after our little "talk" and she arrived on Wednesday with a totally new attitude. I guess it pays to put one's foot down, occasionally.
She actually brought in some worksheets for me. She said she had looked for Level 2 Guides that I asked for, couldn't find them, but would keep looking. She gave me some ideas on how to work on this without the guides, if she can't find them. Then, she ran Bob through a list of words trying to figure out his main articulation problems. She also tried a bit of Melodic Intonation Therapy on him. (This therapy is a sort of tapping out a rhythm while speaking a difficult word or sentence.) I asked her if she would continue to work on the Melodic Intonation Therapy with him as it seemed to be helping him when she tried it and she agreed start that therapy next week.
She also gave me a helpful tip to try with Bob when he perseverates, i.e. gets stuck on a word or phrase and keeps repeating it. Which is to touch him, physically, on the hand and arm. A physical sensation or movement, she said, should distract him and "unstick" his brain. She also said a kiss would work as well.
I told her if I kissed Bob every time he perseverates, he'd start doing it on purpose! ha!
But I couldn't believe this was the same ST, a complete turn-around from Bob's last appointment. It really does pay to be a bitch, sometimes! ha!
Anyway, I guess we'll keep this ST for now. I do like this Melodic Intonation Therapy idea. It's always good to try something new and Bob does love to sing. And he does have an articulation problem, mainly because his mouth and tongue are still weak and/or partially paralyzed.