Summer Camp… Speech Camp
When I thought about my son going to camp for the first time, I thought it would be a church camp or something like a sports related camp. I never imagined sending my son to a speech camp. But, it has been fun for him and he is getting the help he needs.
We started Jackson in a preschool for three year olds this past year and I noticed his speech improved. I guess it was just because he had to work harder for people to understand him. About halfway through the year, I asked about having him work with the speech pathologist that visits the pre-k. She did ten sessions of “intervention” and then did a full speech evaluation. Some kids only need a couple of sessions of intervention but Jackson needed more.
I met with the speech pathologist and his pre-k teacher and we went over the evaluation and setup a plan for Jackson. In addition to his twice a week meetings with the speech pathologist at school, a friend had told me about a speech program at a local college. Since it was the middle of the semester, I paid a pro-rated $80 for a speech evaluation and once a week – 1 hour sessions for the rest of the semester. Money well spent, if I do say so.
The speech camp is through the college program I just mentioned and the college students work with the children. They have two four week sessions and I signed Jackson up for both. When I pick Jackson up, one of the college students lets me know what they worked on that day and how I can work with him at home.
I got a new microphone for some videos I’m doing for my website, www.BornInNewOrleans.com, and Jackson LOVES talking into the microphone. Here is just a tidbit of some of his recordings… Just a warning – he gets a bit loud towards the end.
Jackson: I am Jackson. I am 4 years old.
Me: Years old
Jackson: Years Old. Ok. That is so weird.
Me: Ok. Where do you live?
Jackson: Out in… out in… I don’t know
Me: Say in Georgia.
Jackson: In Georgia
Me: And, what is your favorite color?
Jackson: That is blue
Me: That is blue. What’s your favorite thing to do?
Jackson: Play on me – la (singing)
Me: No answer the question. What’s your favorite thing to do?
Me: Your favorite thing to do is eat?
Jackson: and play my toys
Jackson: and play with my tools and ….???
Me: What do you like to do outside? When you go outside what do you want to do?
Jackson: Um… Play Gigi’s bike.
Me: Do you like to ride your bike?
Jackson: no gigi’s
Me: Do you like to ride your motorcycle?
Jackson: Um yeah.
Me: yeah.. which one
Jackson: umm…yellow one at gigi’s shop
Me: what color is it?
Me: oh yellow. I thought you said little but you said yellow. That’s cool
Jackson: me go out in the woods with my daddy….
Jackson: listen listen