Pepaw (my dad) gets the award for helping J-Man make one of his best achievements this week. He got him some flash cards at the dollar store. One of the packs was for ABCs, with one letter and a picture under it per card.
He put A-F out on the coffee table and said, “Can you point to the ‘A’?” And by God, J-Man went over and pointed to the A. Then showed off and did it for the B too after being asked. Oh, and to add a degree of difficulty to it, he did the B from the backside of the coffee table, which meant the B was upside-down from where he was looking.
His letter recognition has suddenly become a source of a potential foothold into speech with him. The speech therapist is starting to think some combination of a more robust picture system and letter-based communication (potentially with assistive technology of some sort if it really takes off) might be a short and medium-term solution to our communication issues.
The more technological resources are obviously for down the road, but we’re pondering ways to improvise a low-tech version (pictures and cards) for where he is now. Our hope is to come up with something that will work until his speech can have time to grow to a point where he can use it relatively comfortably and effectively, which may still be a much longer-term goal. We just don’t know.
In any case, those details are for tomorrow. Now we celebrate!
This post was brought to you by the letters A and B, and also K, which is still my favorite letter. – J-Man