Thursday, 5 January 2012
He is Going to Communicate One Way or Another
This evening I was in my bedroom making the bed when my ears became aware of a sound in the lounge room. I didn't really pay too much attention at first and then eventually my brain stopped me and forced me to pay attention. I stopped and listened and then it dawned on me - Cameron was playing with a communication app on his ipad.
I popped my head around the corner in disbelief and there he was investigating a communication app. Unbelievable.
It took me a bit to convince him to hand over his ipad but when he finally did I downloaded the communication app I had purchased a few days ago. I then sat with him and we went through the word list. I chose words he would recognize like car and cat and played them to him, showing him the picture as well and with a huge grin he mimicked most of the words along with the app.
He pronounced the words in his own way but I knew what he was saying and he knew what he was saying and we were both grinning. We scrolled through the whole list and then I went into another communication app I had found on the same day and set that up with words he would recognize and he thought that was wonderful also.
I'll let him play with the apps as they are for a while and not stress him to use the apps purposefully because I don't want to stress him or turn him off. He has rejected therapy in the past because he got sick of it and he was put under too much pressure. I find it's best to follow Cameron's lead.
I was sitting with him afterwards, with his head cradled in my lap, and I asked him how he is feeling. I know I am starting to feel like I'm not living in reality because he is changing so fast. I can't even believe I was trying to have a conversation about his feelings with him but I was. I asked him if he always knew all these things and it was nice to get them out or was he learning them now and after I repeated myself he smiled at me when I got to - learning them now. He is loving these changes, I can see the joy in his eyes.