What's it take to find a good ST these days? Seems Bob has had a run of 6 bad ones in a row. Is there even such a thing as a "good ST"? (By that, I mean someone who can actually help him speak properly again?) Or is it just the same old, same old stuff over and over? I tell you, if I hear those stupid, standard ST questions again, I'm going to flip my lid. I'm talking about these:
What do you do with a comb?
What do you do with a spoon?
What do you do with a pillow?
To which Bob always answers in gestures, i.e. makes the motion of combing his hair, etc. and the ST oohs and aahs because by golly, Bob understands the questions! Whoo hoo.
Blah. I tell you, I'm sick of it. Every single ST has asked Bob these same exact questions. They must teach it in Speech Therapy 101.
This ST said she was going to work on MIT, Melodic Intonation Therapy, but what she did was print off a copy of an article about the therapy and hand it to me. ha! So I asked her to please demonstrate, which she did, exactly one time. And then she went back into her bag of tricks and pulled out:
What do you do with a fork?
What do you do with a banana?
What do you do with a broom?
Well, I'd like to tell her what she can do with that broom...
So, off she went yesterday, more than likely to her other patients where she will ask the same silly questions over and over. To that I say, goodbye and good riddance. Because Bob doesn't need that kind of therapy.
I suppose I shouldn't be so totally down on her as she did teach me two little tricks. One of which is to touch Bob physically when he perseverates, which does seem to "unstick" his brain. The other is projection, by which I mean Bob projecting his voice, which does make him easier to understand. So, six sessions, two tips. End of story.
I guess I'm still not in a great mood because --
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