THE POST I WAS WORKING ON THE OTHER DAY…

WHEN I BEGAN MUSIC THERAPY, AT 1ST, MK WAS THERE W/ME 2 INTERPRET MY ASL. WHEN HE STOPPED COMING, I WOULD EMAIL ALL MY THOUGHTS AFTER A SESSION. IT WAS AWESOME WHEN I STARTED WRITING & COULD IMMEDIATELY RESPOND, CUZ MY THERAPIST COULD HELP ME BETTER, SO I SAW MYSELF PROGRESS FASTER, & SOON AFTER, I STARTED TALKING MORE–BUT I STUCK TO THINGS THAT HAD CONTEXT CLUES. NOW I CAN SPEAK ABOUT MORE RANDOM STUFF, LIKE THE THOUGHTS IN MY HEAD, & IT IS BECOMING COMMON FOR ME TO ONLY SPEAK DURING MUSIC THERAPY!

RECENTLY MY SISTER CAME BY AFTER THERAPY (SO I WAS “PRIMED” 4 TALKING) TO EAT LUNCH WITH ME. I SWEAR MOMS WITH TODDLERS CAN EASILY UNDERSTAND ME, SO I WAS ABLE TO ACTUALLY HOLD A CHOPPY CONVERSATION WITH HER AS I ATE. TOO COOL!

THURSDAY, SEPT. 12, I DID A LOT OF GOOD TALKING: 4 SOME REASON, I SOMETIMES CAN SPEAK SOOO WELL AT HOME. ONE OF MY FRIENDS JUST SEEMS TO MAKE ME TALK WHEREVER SHE SEES ME (I’M NOT SURE WHY I RESPOND SO WELL TO HER, CUZ SHE CAN SIGN, & WILL LET ME SIGN, BUT SHE REALLY ENJOYS TELLING PEOPE 2 NOT BE FOOLED BECUZ I CAN TALK!) WHEN SHE VISITED LAST WEEK, SHE WATCHED MY MOUTH MORE THAN MY HAND! SOOO COOL!

LATER THAT SAME DAY, ANOTHER FRIEND CAME BY TO VISIT. SHE DOESN’T KNOW MY ASL, BUT WE HAVE WORKED TOGETHER, & SHE HAS HEARD ME READ SCRIPTURES, PRAY, & SHARE IDEAS WEEKLY AT A MEETING IN MY HOME, WHERE I SPEAK BEST. SHE WAS ABLE TO UNDERSTAND ME TOO!

ALSO THAT SAME DAY, MY DAUGHTER, JESSICA, 4GOT HER PHONE, SO SHE CALLED ME THAT NIGHT WHEN SHE RAN AN ERRAND 4 ME, & WAS TRYING TO STAY THERE LONGER…WE HAVE A SYSTEM SO I CAN BEEP YES/NO INSTEAD OF TALK ON THE PHONE, BUT I HAD 2 SAY A FEW THINGS, SINCE THEY WEREN?T YES/NO (LIKE THE TIME SHE WAS EXPECTED HOME). SHE KEPT TRYING OUT DIFFERENT SCENARIOS TO GET ME TO SAY YES TO STAYING, BUT WHEN THE “WHAT IF IT RAINS” SCENARIO CAME UP, W/O THINKING (WHICH IS ALWAYS WHEN I’M THE CLEAREST 4 SOME REASON), I SAID LOUDLY, “THEN COME HOME NOW!” SHE LAUGHED, & I WAS SO HAPPY I WAS UNDERSTOOD ON THE PHONE!

& ON FRIDAY, SEPT. 13, I JOKINGLY TOLD MY THERAPIST THAT I THINK MY THERAPY SHOULD JUST BE SITTING & TALKING W/FRIENDS, BUT SHE AGREED THAT IT’S GREAT THERAPY! MARK ITTLEMAN, A WELL KNOWN SPEECH THERAPIST, SAID “RECENT RESEARCH … STATES THAT LANGUAGE IMPROVES IN DIRECT PROPORTION TO FREQUENCY OF STIMULATION, INTENSITY OF REPETITION, AND WHETHER THE LANGUAGE STIMULATED MAKES SENSE AND IS IMMEDIATELY USABLE TO THE PERSON WHO HAS DIFFICULTY SPEAKING. THAT IS WHY THE HOME IS SUCH A PERFECT PLACE FOR LANGUAGE STIMULATION AND WHY CAREGIVERS CAN REALLY HELP MAKE THE DIFFERENCE WITH HOME PRACTICE.”

HOWEVER, BESIDES THE FACT THAT I TALK 2 QUIET AWAY FROM MY HOUSE , I FACE A SPEAKING DILEMNA NOW: SOMETIMES I JUST DON’T FEEL LIKE TALKING! IT’S WONDERFUL IN MANY WAYS, BUT EXHAUSTING TOO, SO SOMETIMES IT’S JUST EASIER 2 SIGN, & BE DONE WITH IT IN SOME WAYS. BUT I’VE ALSO FOUND THAT SPEAKING NOT ONLY INCLUDES HARD WORK, & FAITH IN MYSELF, BUT ALSO FAITH IN OTHERS!

ALSO, THERE’S A BUMP IN THE ROAD: AFTER I EAT, OR WHEN I SIT & DON’T TALK 4 AWHILE, I MAY NEED 2 CLEAR MY THROAT IN ORDER 2 SPEAK. BUT I AM UNABLE 2 CLEAR MY THROAT! SINCE IT REQUIRES SEVERAL SPEAKING ATTEMPTS 2 SPEAK, IF I JUST NEED TO SAY YES/NO, I NOD…IT ISN’T WORTH THE FIGHT, IF I’LL JUST BE SITTING ALONE QUIETLY, & NEED 2 CLEAR MY THROAT AGAIN! LOL BUT WHO EVER HEARD OF A PERFECT ROAD ANYWAY?!?

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