Just a quick one – G has been SO chatty lately! He talks all the way to school (45+ minutes) and back, and just smiles and thinks he is hilarious. I received this note from his music therapist (she sees him both as teacher of his music class, and also sees him privately):
Oh my goodness, Graham has been such a chatterbox both in our one on one time yesterday and in his music group today! Clear as could be yesterday he said horsey, drum, pan-o for piano, moo, all done, stick (wanting the drum stick) and imitated A/E/I/O/U sounds in a song context. And today in group, clear as could be he looked at our picture schedule, saw that dancing was next and loud so the whole group could hear yelled DANCE!! I wanted to share all the words I have been hearing, and there is a clarity developing as well.
Needless to say, I cried all the way to school after reading that. WOW. We have known for a while his receptive communication was fairly strong, but to know his expressive communication is growing so quickly is an answer to so many prayers. He will NOT speak or repeat on command when we try to get him to repeat any of the words he knows, but if he wants to say it, and the setting is right, we can definitely understand some of his words.
His speech therapist says he consistently says “I want…” to her, and said “bye bye baby” yesterday. I have heard him say “elephant” when looking at a picture in a book, and today he said “hi puppy” when he saw our new puppy. These are all miracles in our book and we are so excited what this might mean for his future communication!
As I just revealed, G adopted a new puppy this past weekend, and he LOVES him! He particularly loves when the dog barks, growls, or cries – he giggles incessantly at the puppy sounds. Not a great picture of him and the pup, but know that this was captured in the middle of a laughing fit! 😉
Tomorrow is his evaluation with the school district – it will focus primarily on communication, so wish the little man luck!