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I’ll never forget what it felt like to listen to Jake speak his first sounds this time last year. My baby, who had spent a lifetime in silence, began to say his first consonant-vowel combinations with the help of hand prompts. It astounded me then and honestly, still does.
When I first saw that public school SLP in action, I thought, How could moving your hands possibly help you speak? Then, I thought about how much I have to move my hands in order to get my words flowing when I communicate. If it wasn’t for my hands, I might not ever get any of those words out!
When Jake uses a hand prompt, 9 out of 10 times he gets the sound right. His accuracy isn’t nearly as good if he doesn’t use the gesture. I’m not sure why it works for us — vestibular system stimulation or kinesthetic…
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