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Tuesday, February 23, 2010


Gabriella is a smart, smart cookie. She was always on her game when it came to speech. As anyone who has ever been on my blog before knows, that was all ripped from her September 25, 2009 when her stroke attacked the very spot in her brain that operate her speech.

She has gotten to the point today, just shy of 5 months later, where she can say approximately 30-40 words and phrases in context and accurately (including Disneyland, which makes me the happiest mommy on earth). I couldn't be more proud of her progress! And to think that when her stroke happened, she had no control to even open her mouth or stick out her tongue! Granted, if she wasn't like me... stubborn and a perfectionist... she'd probably have more. But it'll come.

I had to share a video I shot of her counting to 10 this past weekend. Most of Gabriella's words are crystal clear, but as you can see from the video, the words counting to 10 are not "perfect"... yet. The whole point of therapy is to train her mouth to move in the proper motions to get that sound and word in her head out accurately. The more and more she practices, this counting to 10 will be crystal clear. And she only follows my prompts, not because she doesn't know how to count to 10, but to train and prompt her mouth to move in the right sequence for the word itself.

I'm hoping to post a followup video of her counting to 10 solo and crystal clear soon!


The Simmons Family said...

Ahhh.. I love it!! WAY TO GO GABRIELLA!!!!

Ruthi David said...

She's amazing and amazingly beautiful, Kristi. I think of you all every single day!

Sara said...

Way to go Gabriella! That was really good. You go girl!

cici said...

What a sweetheart. Her little tongue is trying so hard.
We love you Gabriella, keep up the practice we are all rooting for you!

Tasha said...

Good girl! That "four" was spot on! You'll get it in no time sweet girl. :)

P.S. Good job to PJ too!

danielle said...

So sweet! She's doing so great!

Angies Support Team said...

GOOD JOB!!!! That is SOOO awesome! :) Kristi, I think you were right 2010 is the year for the Vega family!!! (: Last night I was at a mid-week study and we were meditating on Mary's prayer. While we were in silence I felt like God was telling me to share this verse with you. Luke 1:49 "for the Mighty One has done great things me- holy is His name." (: Praying!