I'm so happy to announce that my nine year old graduated from speech therapy today!
He went weekly until summe when we slowed way down and then had two visits this month.
The speech therapist said he was the second fastest student she ever had. The former was 16 and wanted to be in a play but was told she couldn't have the lead unless she got rid of her lisp with /S/. So she worked like crazy to fix that under the deadline (good for her!).
In this process I got to see how my son reacts when in a teaching situation with a stranger for a teacher. Come to find out he is one of those good pupils that does everything the teacher says (like a teacher's pet). In that way he is the kid, apparently, who acts up for their own parent and is more well behaved for other adults.
I also learned from this experienced speech therapist that most kids don't like to do homework when their parent tells them to. (There was homework for this.) I found out that most kids therapy is longer because they will not do the homework and will not practice and only 'perform' for the speech therapist. She was surprised my son did what I said. Well if he did not we'd be in real trouble with the homeschooling now, wouldn't we?
My son was greatly offended to hear he was incorrect and making an error so when he found out he was doing something wrong, he wanted to fix it. He is a perfectionist so learning he was imperfect bothered him. His learning curve was fast in the beginning. His progress slowed after the 3.5 month mark as what was happening was he could fix the sounds when thinking about it and talking slowly and deliberately but when speaking fast and spur of the moment, especially with his friends when the kids interrupt each other to get a word in edgewise he was going back to the old way of saying the letters, saying them wrong.
Unfortunately our insurance does not cover speech therapy for this reason (only paying for it if a person has a medical condition that messes up their vocal cords or has an injury or accident affecting their mouth). So this was an all out of pocket expense for us. I am happy that expense is over as it cost $50 per half hour lesson.
I'm proud of my son and his accomplishment.