‘Thought we’d share one more emerging skill for Rudy…we finally have possession of the speaking valve and Rudy is adjusting to it. The valve fits on Rudy’s trach and allows him to inhale through it but not exhale. As he exhales, the air is forced past his vocal cords and through his mouth allowing him to vocalize. He gets to wear it several times throughout the day for short periods of time as he gets used to the back pressure…here’s a couple of his first attempts:
He’s well on his way to a public speaking career!