By Jane Passy
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TZ TZ was born with a velar cleft which was repaired at the age of eighteen months. Developmental milestones were reported to be within normal limits, although there was a history of middle-ear infections. He was diagnosed as ADD and received Ritalin. Assessment at the age of five years and seven months showed that TZ could not produce stops or affricates. He was capable of producing glides and some fricatives. Treatment began with CA. The hand cues were used to emphasise oral plosion and oral frication.
Eventually, we moved on to monosyllabic words, combining meaning with our sound strings. ’s repertoire. Only those sounds which S. had already demonstrated ability to produce in nonsense syllables were cued. Other sounds were ignored both in the cueing and colour coding. Successful production was defined by accurate production in the correct sequence of those sounds which S. ‘knew’. After approximately a year of work, S. entered an integrated kindergarten. I visited the kindergarten, where both the speech therapist and the educational staff working with her were taught the system.
All the staff have been involved in creating games, wall charts and other resources to use within the program. The children’s mainstream teachers have been included in the program by visiting the unit and receiving information on the program. Parents 20 A Handful of Sounds 4443-A HANDFUL OF SOUNDS TXT 27/4/04 4:02 PM Page 21 have been involved by receiving information in their child’s home/school book, in newsletters and from parent–teacher conferences. The CA song The sessions started with a song: this involved practising the previous sounds taught, the symbol (that is, letter), colour coding, sound and hand cue were revised.
A Handful of Sounds by Jane Passy