Charlie doesn’t talk.
- Normal two-year-olds have very short attention spans. When planning a therapy session, count on having to change activities every five minutes.
- In the beginning, I shouldn’t expect him to use Tina for more than ten minutes TOPS! Poor Tina, she’ll remain abused and neglected.
- We should be using all five levels of the GoTalk with each level representing a different activity. One could be for foods, one for a few toys, one for a puzzle, and one for song. We’d been doing the opposite–we’d been using only one level because we didn’t want to overwhelm him. Apparently, we were underwhelming him by expecting him to be interested in nose, mouth, eyes, and ears for more than five minutes.
- The POINT of augmentative communication with a two-year-old is really just to get them used to using a device–it’s not going to be life-altering with a total of twenty words.
- All children have good days and bad days, so it’s OK if he doesn’t want to practice every day.
- Advancement and avoiding frustration might be mutually exclusive. Basically, we might have to push him a little to achieve on the GoTalk.
I called his speech therapist right after the conversation and we discussed everything. We’re jazzed and ready to start planning some activities–I’m getting ready to fire up that laminator right now.