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This is a new series for me. It’s expensive to raise kids, but it’s even more expensive to raise kids with issues.
My son is 32 months old. On a good day, his speech is unclear. He doesn’t talk. His spoken word list is about 15 words strong right now, but those aren’t consistent. Average vocabulary for his age is about 80 words, plus simple 2-3 word sentences.
Frustration is building around here, so we’re trying something else in addition to the weekly therapy.
However, we can’t do anything by the “book”, and I just can’t make myself pay $33 for what amounts to a binder, some laminated cards and some Velcro.
So, we’re going to try two solutions, both of which are low cost.
1. Homemade Picture Exchange
I googled his favorite items. Ham, cheese, ravioli, chocolate milk, pretzels, etc. I copied a picture to paint.net, resized it and added the name of the item to the bottom. Then I inserted them into a Word document. We’ll laminate them and then paste them to an index card. Then, we’ll punch a whole in the corner and attach a ring so they all stay together. I’ll put a picture here when we get it completed.
2. Free Applications for Android
I just downloaded this program – Touch and Go Speak for Android. I haven’t played with it yet, but there aren’t any programs like it in the Amazon App Store. We’ve also got a tablet to load this program on to. That’s a project for my husband, though.