Utter Autism

December 22, 2008

He’s the Typing Type

The keyboard screen has become a favorite on Adrian’s Dynavox V.  More and more often we see him go to this screen to type out things he wants. 

Sometimes he needs to check his spelling by going to other pages on the device where the word appears but amazingly, he chooses to type the word out instead of just using the pre-programmed button for that item.

Every few days he’s typing in things – without checking the spelling – that we didn’t know he knew.  I couldn’t even venture a guess now about how many words he can read or type.  It’s all happened so suddenly that our heads are still spinning.

He continues to use the keyboard screen to answer the all important question, “What does that say?”  I considered putting a button on his device for him to ask this question…. but then I realized, he’s already got a perfect strategy for answering the question for himself!  Several times now, we’ve seen him copy words he clearly doesn’t know from items or websites – just to find out what they say.

Amazing stuff 🙂

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December 7, 2008

What’s That Say?

I have  a five year old who’s learning to read.  He’s constantly pointing to words and wondering, “What does that say?”  It seems Adrian has similar curiosity but without the ability to ask us to read it for him, he’s left in the dark. 

In the past I’ve set Adrian up with his Dynavox and given him items with words on it, like a cereal box or books or a magazine, so he can type the words in.  But this has always been an activity I’ve initiated. 

Just the other day, for the first time, Adrian decided to try this technique himself.  He had a screen cleaning cloth he’d been looking at and I guess his curiosity about what the tag said finally got the better of him.  He typed the words in and listened as the machine told him it said ‘Scotch Brite’.  

He smiled, satisfied that he now knew what those words said. 🙂

December 4, 2008

Christmas Time Again

I may have been quiet here… but Adrian sure hasn’t been.  He continues to surprise us on a regular basis by typing out words on his Dynavox V that we didn’t know he knew. 

We expect he’ll have a whole new group of words to type now that the Christmas season is here.  Adrian loves Christmas time.  He loves the trees, the decorations, the lights, the music…

He’s already using his pre-programmed buttons to tell us he saw that Christmas tree out in the garage and he can’t wait to decorate it 🙂

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