Thursday, March 19, 2009

I was finally able to make PECS books for the boys this morning. They are awesome and I am really excited about it! Cooper is already jumping right in on his. Today he requested swinging instead of trampoline at speech therapy. He chose Froot Loops over Goldfish for snack, and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse over the Wiggles to watch on TV. All this by choosing a picture! Way to go Cooper!!! I think it will be just a matter of time until he flips through his book and tells me all kinds of things.

I made Quinn a book too but it is going to take a lot more work to teach him to use it. At Loyola they think that we should stop using signs and concentrate only on the PECS. They think once he gets that he will be able to use one of the more advanced communication devices. We aren't giving up on actual speech, but we need to help him communicate now. We will have to see what our other speech therapist says tommorow. I did make him a special strip to tie to his horse so he can choose "stop" and "go", I think he will really like that (not so sure how Snowy will feel about it though).


datri said...

We've had a lot of success with pictures to help Kayla communicate. She doesn't "get" the line drawing, but the photos are fine. We've given up on sign because she doesn't even wave hello or goodbye, so expecting her to sign seems unrealistic to me. She does have an assistive communication device which is basically a 4 button switch that they can program. She's been doing great with it. I'm hoping that she'll be able to move on to a more sophisticated device in the near future.