Tuesday 29 December 2015

Bauble babbles:Always make it possible to communicate

Today was the first since before Christmas that it wasn't raining. We took the kids to the park. We are just at the point now of being able to go short distances without a buggy. It's not for the two year old, it was for our four year old with ASD. It was very difficult for him to follow instructions and difficult to keep him safe. But we can just about do it now. 

Another thing we don't have to take out is the PECS book. This time last year we took it most places because David used it more often. 

I've spoken to several mums who didn't want to use PECS because it was impractical dragging a book around everywhere. I totally understand. I used to take photos on my phone of the cards so when the book was awkward we can refer to photos of it on the mobile. It's not as good as the book but if we take away a communication device we take away Davids opportunity to communicate.  So it goes with us.

Now, David is a serious Makaton user. But whatever he uses we will always need to have it available, even at this busy time of year. 

Tomorrow: more ideas to help us talk over the holidays
Yesterday: Wait for it...

The Makaton Charity

Notes: Thanks for reading Baubley babbles, my notes on helping my family talk over Christmas. My sons are both on the autistic spectrum and we have a two year old daughter. Our son, David is five years old and uses a variety of Augmented and Alternative Communication (AAC) to talk. Every school day till school restarts I'll post a one thing I'll be keeping in mind to help us all communicate over the festive holidays. Maybe some things will be of interest to you too.

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