Talking 2’s sessions – introduction

My youngest son Michael is two years and eight months old. He’s still can’t speak any words in English nor other language.

talking 2's

He speaks a lot and very often but unfortunately we can’t understand him as he speaks gibberish. He speaks in sentences and his speech has melody. Very often, he looks like he’s doing some kind of performance for us, which of course is a lovely thing to do, but we would love to hear him speaking proper English. 

The only words Michael is saying right now are: bye, bye, hello, mum, here, but we don’t hear it very often. Most of the time Michael is only pointing to the things, screaming or showing us what he wants.

I have raised my concerns about his speaking problems to my health visitor. She told me about sessions which could help two years old child start speaking or communicate.

Luckily we got the place to the talking 2‘s sessions and right now Michael is going there every week. There are four other kids with speaking difficulties in his group.

According to plan we should attend 4 sessions (there is one session each week). Then we’ve got six weeks break and afterwards there is going to be reassessment and we will find out whether Michael still needs to attend talking sessions.

Sessions are divided on four topics:

  1. First week – listening. Activities: making animal noises, making masks and matching cards.
  2. Second week – eye contact. Activities: matching cards, springy spiders, frogs, jigsaws.
  3. Third week – making choices, sounds and speech. Activities: musical instruments and animal cards, collage making.
  4. Fourth week – copying and taking turns. Activities: jigsaws, animal matching cards, be animals.

There are also few tips how we should behave or act during Talking 2’s session:

  • parent should sit on the floor with child if possible as this helps their eye contact and interaction
  • parent should not worry if child gets up or wanders in the beginning sessions. Children need time to build their interest and concentration
  • parent should try to take part in the activities with the child as it helps build their trust and confidence
  • sessions are made to help child to gain the skills needed to communicate
  • singing is used as part of the sessions but this will not replace chid’s vocal skills. It will aid their speech and they will stop using them once their verbal communication and develops.

I will update you about every week session and inform you how Michael is doing during the sessions. I also will write whether I can see any progress or improvements thanks to those sessions.

Wish us luck!

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