Show Off

I found this picture from August–he’s multitasking.

If you’ve been reading this blog for a long time, then you know that since around June of 2011 I’ve been slowly (the speed of a snail to be exact) teaching Charlie how to read and communicate. We started with giant flashcards and then gradually moved over to his iPad. It’s still very low on his list of things to do, but we regularly sit down in the evenings and review his day and I’ll ask him a few questions.

I’ve gotten so used to the this little ritual that I’ll mention to his teachers from time to time things that he’s “told” me.

One day his teacher asked me if I could bring the iPad to school and show her how Charlie “talks” to me.

I’ll admit that my expectations were pretty low. I’ve heard of other parents trying to show off their children’s skills and not getting very far. But why not give it a shot, right?

I guess I wasn’t paying attention because the day I got there I realized that this was kind of an important meeting. A woman from the augmentative communication department came with her own iPad, I had mine, and Charlie was there with his teacher and probably two of the classroom aides! Quite a crew.

Well, Charlie did his thing. He answered yes and no questions using the four square on ProloQuo, he spelled the name of a few videos he’d like to listen to, he swiped through some musical selections. I even let teacher hold his hand, so she could see that he was moving it, and not me. She could tell! At one point he was typing something and I didn’t know what he was asking, but the evaluator figured it out! Actual communication with a stranger, y’all!

In the end, the evaluator said she is going to recommend that the classroom be issued a Dynavox with capabilities similar to the iPad. She thinks it will be a little easier for him to navigate. We still have to wait and see what the “staffing” meeting decides, but hey! I think this is going better than expected.

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Comments

  1. Katy, I am reading this with a giant smile on my face. No other words to say. Go Charlie!

  2. That is soooo awesome!! Way to go Charlie!!

  3. Well done Charlie! You must have been thrilled!

  4. Charlie’s starting to let the inside out. Can’t wait to see what else he’s got brewing

  5. meghatronsmom says:

    That is such amazing news! Showoff! Just cause his body won’t, doesn’t mean his mind don’t (my fav saying I use)

  6. My daughter is 5 and has CP too and I have to tell you, her AAC device has changed her life and our lives. It’s amazing and I am SO excited for you! (She has had a Vantage Lite2 from Prentke Romich for about four months now – we started the evaluations/therapy for it last summer.) I can’t wait to hear more about how this all goes for you!

  7. Super cool!

  8. woo-hoo, yay Charlie!! :) what great news. That boy’s amazing.

  9. Sounds like it went pretty darn well, to me! That is so, awesome, my friend!! :D

  10. So, read this awhile ago and I don’t seem to get to a full-blown computer much anymore, so If I can’t “like it” I rarely get around to leaving feedback. But had to come back to this one. Are you really as laid back about this as you seem? (Not judging at all, just wondering). This is so great! I mean, I know Charlie can move better than my Fletch and can actually manipulate things, so you do have an idea of what he is really into based on what he chooses to do, but still, I am so excited for you. :)