My husband came upstairs the other day and said,
“Adrian just typed out Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin without looking at anything with those words on it.”
These are two of his favorite movies and he accesses them on his computer by sight reading them. So I wasn’t shocked to hear he’d used them. But then I thought about it.
He typed them without looking at anything else and spelled them correctly.
First, this means that not only can he learn to sight read words – he can learn to reproduce them. And if he can reproduce them, he can learn to use them. There’s a whole lot of hope in that statement and if you’re not the parent of a non-verbal child you may have missed it.
While being able to use programmed vocabulary is great, it still limits what he can say. The ultimate goal is to teach him to read and write so he can type his own spontaneous, unique messages – to be able to say what ever he wants to say, whenever he wants to say it.
So what did we do next? I opened Adrian’s keyboard page on his Dynavox V. And he began typing…
Lune? I couldn’t figure out what he meant. He thought for a second, went into his ‘time for’ page and looked there, then when back to the keyboard screen and typed…
He could have just hit the lunch button but he didn’t. He typed it. Could it be that he really recognizes the power of all those letters? This is one exciting development 🙂