Ted finally got his very own Chatbox 40! We started off with just 24 symbols for now.
At first, he just kept pressing ‘pizza’ over and over. But after one session with his speech therapist, he got back into the swing of things. His therapy sessions, he used it effectively to communicate the few words we put on.
But the real trial was out on the street. We went running our errands and he used it well, even improvising if he didn’t have the right word! He asked to go to the bathroom, get a snack, asked for ice cream specifically, and when sick of a line that was too long, he kept asking me to ‘stop’! And in case I didn’t understand THAT, he asked for a break too!
He even uses two word combos, such as “want” and the item, instead of just the item. (Although he asks for that too.)
He’s also started babbling again, more consonants. Less humming and noises. (I also upped the omegas, which always seemed to have a positive effect on using verbal communication.)
Such good results in such short time. I’m not expecting him to use all 400 words right away, but I think we made a GREAT start!