Wednesday 30 December 2015

Bauble babbles: Ask real questions

Isn't every question a real question? A question by definition is expressed to elicit information, but it's important that it's not information you already know. 

David likes figures of all types. For Christmas he was given Clangers figured, Twirlywoos and a lovely wooden figure nativity set. The nativity set included three wise men or kings (one on a camel), a baby, an angel, a sheep and the other obvious figures but I knew David would be able to sign these ones. I could try to test him and make him practice his words by asking 'what is that' and pointing or holding up figures but this is exactly the pointless task I need to avoid. It's a question I know the answer to and even more that that, he probably knows o know the answer as well. So why would he bother responding? 

Much better I ask him an actual question, who do you want to play with? Or which toy next? This way we can communicate with purpose and practice too. 

Tomorrow:More ideas for communicating
Yesterday: Always make it possible to communicate

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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