Questions and Answers

Hi! I love your website! Thank you so much for providing all this valuable information for me. We have a 6 year old daugther with DS that we adopted from a Russian orphanage last year. She’s amazing! The only thing she really struggles with is her language and speech. She has a few intelligible words and phrases, but the rest is gibber-jabber. She needs SOOO much more help with her speech than the two little sessions per week that she’s getting at school. I took her in for an evaluation and the SLP doesn’t believe it’s Apraxia. Just a phonological dissorder. I have my bachelor’s degree in Communicative Dissorders and I know all that knowledge is in there somewhere to help our daughter, but I need someone who can guide me a little. We live in Utah. Do you have any ideas? We have another little one coming in a few months who will probably be in the same boat!

  • Kim says:

    hi heather…thank you so much for liking my blog!! has been so much fun helping many families all over the world!
    Below you will find a simple chart…I want you to reply back with the sounds your daughter is having difficulty with…and the substitution she is making…from there I will help you to come up with a therapy plan!

    P B M H W Y D N

    T K G NG(ng as in sing) F V CH J

    L R S Z SH TH

    Talk to you soon!

About Kim

My name is Kim Marino and I have been practicing as a licensed speech and language pathologist since 1993. I work on Long Island providing diagnostic evaluations and services to children from birth to age 21. My experience is vast and am proud to say that I work with children that may present with articulation and phonological concerns, oral motor feeding concerns, Down Syndrome feeding, cognitive rehabilitation, auditory processing delays, receptive language delays, cleft palate feeding and sound development and expressive language delays. Most importantly, I am the mother of four amazing children and am happily married to my childhood sweetheart. I feel blessed to have my four children and so lucky to share this journey in life with my husband. I always had it somewhere in my head that I wanted to develop a blog or a website of some sort so that I could provide families with an additional that parents could help their little ones become a better communicator. And as I was developing this blog....I realized that I also needed to share the stories about my life and my children....and the funny things along the way that help to keep me smiling. Whether you are a working mother or not...finding balance between home, children and life can be a challenge....I hope that my blog helps to bring a smile to your face..and also some tools to help you help your little or big one. I hope you enjoy! Kim
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  1. Heather says:

    Awesome! Thank you so much! If you’d rather correspond via e-mail, that’s great, too.
    She’s can say B M H W D T,and N all in isolation and in the initial position of words.

    She can say P, K, G, F, V, Y S, SH in isolation only. She won’t initiate any of them. She substitutes these sounds with T and D when imitating words.

    She does not have L, R, Z, NG or TH yet.

    She can say all of her vowels.

    She only says the first consonant and vowel of most words, except sometimes she’ll say the last syllable only. She usually deletes all syllables except the first one from words.
    Here is most of her vocabulary that I can think of:
    Her one intelligable phrase: “wayadoee?” for “what ya doing?”
    tie for outside
    moe for milk
    wayee for water
    toetee for cookie (hey, that’s two syllables!)
    mee mee for pee pee
    boe boe for poo poo
    Mah for mom
    Da for Dad
    Lie for Eli
    Ta for Max
    Dee dee for Sadie
    nana for Landon
    abo for apple
    nana for banana

    She has more words than this…we just can’t understand them most of the time without visual cues.

    A lot of air comes out of her nose when she says front sounds. (Sounds similar to blowing her nose?) This got worse when her adenoids were removed in December.

    Do you think there’s hope that our girl will speak intelligibly? She didn’t receive the early intervention that our kids with DS receive here in the U.S. I hope her window of opportunity hasn’t passed. I wish we could afford private therapy but it’s so expensive!

    She talks all day long, it just sounds like a baby. Little kids who meet her for the first time often ask why she talks like a baby. It makes me sad because she’s much smarter than a baby. 🙁

    Thank you again! I appreciate this greatly!

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