This week we are communicating to May via echoes. She loves a big moan with my husband. She lies on his chest and moans, and he moans in return, and this can last for a half-hour at a time. Never is it is clearer that they are related.
I’ve been trying it as well, with some good results. I’m imitating all different sounds she is making. She gives me a little, delighted smile after she hears the same noise she just made.
At the advice of the SALT, we are feeding her textured food (rather than all pureed) and placing it in the back of her mouth. This encourages her to chew and also gets her tongue moving in new ways. By improving the dexterity of her mouth, we can help her shape new sounds. It is all related.
In previous weeks, I discussed May’s growing ability to anticipate actions and now you can see our little ladybug (NOT ladybird British readers) in action. The video, filmed last night, demonstrates how adept she’s become at anticipating actions. Watch how she laughs at my husband’s pre-tickle gasp. Not to dwell on the negative, but you can also see how limited her arm movement is, though her head movements, expressions and lovely smile are very evident.
Also, listen out for one of those new sounds, right at the end. A sort of high-pitched squeal she makes when she is ridiculously happy. And even though, as you can hear, she has a cold, she is still the happiest ladybug I have ever seen.