Jazzie has been in speech therapy since she got her first cochlear implant at 16 months of age. We used to go to Children's Hospital twice a week for therapy and our local Early Intervention Program came to our house at least three times a week. When Jazzie turned three, she started at Ohio Valley Voices, which really was like all day speech therapy. When she mainstreamed into first grade, she continued to receive speech therapy at school.
We are currently down to only 20 minutes of speech therapy twice a week, but lately Jazzie has been saying that she is not happy with the fact that she still has to go to speech at school. She does not like to miss ANY class time, even though she gets pulled out during silent reading time or lesson reviews. She never misses anything new or unknown to her.
Despite the fact that Jazzie is deaf in both ears and has bilateral cochlear implants, her speech is amazing. It really is. More than anything, Jazzie needs help with vocabulary. Her vocabulary is weak compared to her hearing peers, which is typical for hearing impaired kids due to the lack of incidental hearing.
More and more Jazzie wants to be like her peers. She wants to dress like them, talk like them and she wants to stay in class with them without being pulled out.
I was explaining to Jazzie how the speech pathologist at school is helping her learn new vocabulary and how to pronounce new words correctly.
Her response: "My pronouncian is just fine".