Saturday, January 22, 2011

Getting the /g/

I work with an eight year old girl who has cerebral palsy.  She has difficulty with motor control, and I had not been able to facilitate the production of /g/ or /k/.  I had recently seen a post on Perkilou's SLP sharing group on Yahoo about a SLP who used a Dum Dum sucker to push the tongue back so that the tongue tip could not go up.  I tried this with the student, and she got a /g/ on the first try.  I was thrilled.

During the next session, I decided to show her teacher when  we got back to the classroom, but the student threw away the sucker even after I told her not to.  We showed the teacher anyway, and she said /g/ without the sucker on the first try.  I tried to have her do it again, but after several attempts, she still said /d/.  At least now I know that she can. =)


I was inspired recently to begin a new blog about my experiences with speech therapy.  There are some blogs out there by other SLP's, and I wanted to join and share my experiences.  I hope there will be others interested in joining/following me.  But if not, at least this will be a place to journal and organize my experiences as a semi-veteran ( 23 year) Speech/Language Pathologist.