Calvin and Emma have now been doing Fast ForWord for 30 sessions. So, the equivalent of 6 weeks.
Change #1: Late last night, Calvin finished reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, his first true chapter book.
Change #2: Emma seems to be experimenting with her vocal levels. She’s been talking very quietly these days. It’s like this: you know when you have a sinus infection and everything in your head is stuffed including your ears and you don’t know how loud to talk because you can’t hear yourself? That’s what she sounds like. I think she’s hearing herself differently and so is experimenting with volumes because she’s wondering if she sounds as loud to other people as she suddenly sounds to herself.
I’m going to check with the experts and report back, but I’m kind of excited to see these changes so I wanted to share them with the world.
Any other Fast ForWord parents out there that observed changes in their children?
Update: Talked with The Expert and she sees changes like those I’ve described all the time. From my perspective though (and I’m sure the world at large) it’s a hard connection to prove. It’s anecdotal and not statistical. We had the same experience actually when doing Tomatis Auditory Therapy. Suddenly, we went through a “Why?” phase with Emma, when we hadn’t had a “Why?” phase at the normal 2-4 years of age. Plus, suddenly my husband and I couldn’t have conversations without her picking up bits of information. I hadn’t realized that we’d been able to discuss pretty much anything in her presence (like Christmas presents, opinions about other parents (not you, of course), disagreements with the school) and she would be oblivious to them. But after the Tomatis therapy she would be saying things like “What did you just say about Christmas?”
It will be interesting to see if others see changes. Maybe I won’t inform her teacher that she did Fast ForWord at all, and see if she notices anything different.