BINGO! You gotta love it! And what better way for Amanda to practice her speaking skills?! It's practical and fun and as the BINGO caller, it gave her LOTS of enunciation opportunities as well as grammar and syntax.
Watch this 8 minute and 56 second captioned video clip of our first attempt at playing BINGO since Amanda had her cochlear implant activated 5 months ago.
Did we understand her? Were there any confusions? Did someone lose the game due to Amanda's pronunciation.....OR not paying attention? Watch and see!
Keep in mind that American Sign Language is Amanda's primary mode of communication and that she never ever heard anything until her CI activation August 12, 2008 following her CI surgery July 14, 2008. Nor did she spend any extended length of time using her voice.
We bought the bingo game specifically for her to practice her speech skills. We also plan to use it to practice her speechreading and listening skills as well.
Notice that the first number she called was O 62. She pronounces it O six-two. During the course of the game she increases her confidence and abilities to the point of knowing that during spoken English, people say O sixty-two. She even self-corrects a few times.
We're very pleased with how it went! Go Amanda!!