Utter Autism

February 22, 2008

Dentist Day

So today was our re-scheduled dentist appointment after last attempt’s disaster.

With a fully charged Dynovox V, everything proceeded according to plan.  As expected, Adrian was a bit confused about where we were going.  I was able to show him the dentist office visual scene showing the chair and equipment we’d see.  When he started to throw a little fit, I was able to get him to talk to me about what he wanted after we finished at the dentist.  He calmed right down.

We walked into the dentist office on the same page.  First we’d do the dentist thing and then we’d get some french fries.  It was a good deal for both of us.  Adrian was happy and compliant.  They got some x-rays, checked his teeth and managed to do a mini cleaning and fluoride treatment.  While we waited he used his Dynavox to talk to me about where he wanted to go next. 

It was a great visit and I’m sure next time will be even better.  We know he doesn’t care for certain flavors now so next time we’ll try some others till we find the right one.  Knowing the routine should make the directions easier to understand and follow.

After our visit we went to the grocery store to get french fries, as promised.  We put Adrian’s Dynavox in the front of the shopping cart and he pushed it through the store himself.  Besides french fries he asked for some fruit punch, cereal, cupcakes, fruit snacks, chicken nuggets, ice pops and candy.  We got some things and left others behind.  He was an angel throughout.


  1. That is so awesome! You guys have always been great about communicating with Adrian, but I can’t imagine how incredible it must be for you to have such an improved way of communicating. And I’m sure Adrian’s enjoying the perks too =)

    Comment by Cammie — February 22, 2008 @ 5:44 pm

  2. Didnt he do well! You must be very proud. 🙂

    Comment by Casdok — February 23, 2008 @ 12:18 pm

  3. I am. Thanks. 🙂

    Comment by Carol — February 24, 2008 @ 11:07 am

  4. What is a Dynavox V? Is it a machine?

    Comment by The Total Smile — July 16, 2008 @ 9:15 pm

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