Feelings were one of the first things we put in Adrian’s original PECS book. He only ever used it when he was prompted to do so.
We added it to his first device and now it’s on our Dynavox V as well. For a long time he’d only use this if he was prompted. But more recently I’ve seen him initiating conversations by telling us how he feels. He used it at school one day to tell the staff he was feeling ‘a little sad’. Then earlier this week we arrived at school and he immediately told me he was feeling ‘very happy’.
For me it’s huge that he sees value in expressing to us how he’s feeling… and that he’s got the means to say it too!