Today, I want to share with you one of those moments where you know you were in the right place at the right time, doing what you were called to do.
A few years ago, I had identified a student through kindergarten screenings who had difficulty with the /k/ and /g/ sounds - let's call him Nicky (not his real name). Since those were his only sound errors, and he couldn't say his name correctly, I started seeing him on an RtI basis a couple times per week.
We worked on those sounds for over three months with some success at word and phrase levels for the initial and final sounds, but no carryover to conversation, and the medial sounds remained difficult. One day, we were working on medial /k/, and I decided to have him practice his name. All of the sudden, instead of "Nitty," I heard "Nicky!" It was the first time I had heard him say his own name correctly! Thinking it was a fluke, I had him repeat it five times. Then say it in a sentence. And then another sentence. There it was, that beautiful /k/ sound!
I'm not sure "Nicky" understood why he got so many high fives and a hug from me that day, or why I held back tears in our session. All he knew was that something "clicked" that day, and from then on he had very little difficulty with the /k/ and /g/ sounds, and soon thereafter "graduated" from RtI.
But for me, I was celebrating that "little" victory that meant so much. I know what a struggle it is when people can't even understand you when you say your own name, and how disheartening it can feel. In many old stories and legends, to say a person's true name aloud is a source of incredible power and magic. As a speech language pathologist, I know that it can be true!
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