Logan has been in speech for about 6 weeks and we are thrilled with his speech therapist. She is wonderful and so patient. Logan is super shy, and gets pretty tight lipped around people he doesn't know. We have spent a lot of time playing and just letting him get to know her. She suggested trying mini M&M's as a reward for when he talks. We have a jar of them at the house that I constantly refer to as "Talking M&M's". Logan's heard me try to coax him into talking with these day after day and he'll occasionally say a word or two, but usually just says no and turns his head like he's not interested.
I got them out last night while cooking dinner and asked him if he wanted one and he got very excited, so once again I explained that he can't have a "talking M&M" until he said a word for Mommy. That little turkey stated saying every single word I asked. I grabbed my phone to start recording and I was so shocked you will hear, I actually went blank on more words to ask him. I'm sure he would have repeated hippopotamus had I thought to ask him.
I am so proud of him and the progress he is making! I guess Pavlov was right...trained conditioning really does work!
(Yes, I know, I'm rewarding with sugary candy, but if this is what it takes to get him to learn to use his words, I and his dentist will be thankful!) :)