Little Man has decided that the WORD for cheese toast is Coco. He can’t say a “t” you understand. He walks over to the counter where the toaster oven sits, and says, “Coco.” That’s right, he SAYS it. Just to make sure I was understanding correctly the first time, I asked him if he could point to the picture of what he wanted… and he ran over to the food pictures posted in our kitchen, and pointed at the toast, with his index finger. Then I fell over into a dead faint and he revived me by sloshing cold tea onto my face and yelling, “COCO!”
For those of you not in the know, index finger pointing is very difficult for the J-Man, and for many autistic kids. They just don’t understand that the finger is pointing towards something. Lately we’ve had index, middle, and thumb pointing. As long as it’s not middle finger pointing at me, I’m for it. I still get him to point at the picture of the cheese toast, just to reinforce that the picture board is another way for him to communicate.
There have been a few days lately where J-Man has had 3 pieces of toast in a day, because I’m so thrilled that he’s asking for something so clearly… and I can’t NOT give it to him. He’s become quite the toast stealer in general – if I have toast for breakfast, I should just go ahead and make an extra piece because I know he’s going to take one of them. Me: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” J-Man: “Coco stealer.” Me: “Getting a head start on it I see…”
And for your listening and viewing pleasure, Heywood Banks and “Toast”: