B is no longer seeing a speech therapist regularly, but we are continuing with the exercises. Sometimes we do word association, which always reminds me of Jerry and George discussing it in Seinfeld:
George: They give you those word association tests. I love those.
Jerry: There’s no wrong answer!
Our associations always seem to turn grim after a few words, which is quite amusing.
Recently I’ve been giving B a research task each day. He investigates a topic of my choosing, then reports back to me in the evening without referring to any notes. It seems to be really useful as it tests his short term memory and forces him to speak spontaneously. Some of the topics:
- What is the fiscal cliff?
- What are the US states with the most strict & lax gun laws? Give details of 2 mass shootings
- What is the winter fuel allowance and what other tax breaks are the elderly entitled to?
- What is the background to the current situation in Syria?
- Describe 5 fad diets
If you have any ideas for interesting topics please leave a comment.
It’s great for me too, as I often choose something I’ve seen briefly on the news but haven’t bothered to fully understand. Pretty soon I won’t even have to read the ‘serious’ bits of the paper at all, leaving me free to concentrate on the showbiz and celebrity headlines.