Many of you who follow this blog know that Boston is non-verbal. We currently have no real form of communication. We guess, a lot. He yells a lot. We have a couple “basic” things- he knows where his cups are stored and will go near them (and sometimes yell) letting us know he is thirsty. Sometimes he will go and sit in the middle of the kitchen floor if he is hungry. He will go to the tv and bang on it or grab the remote and throw it if he wants to watch something. It pretty much stops there as far as communication goes.
Non-verbal is not new to me. Brooklyn is also non- verbal but she began communicating with me early on – learning to make choices with her eyes – and an occasional touch to something she wanted. Boston is not there yet. We can hold up two items (like two of his favorite movies) and we get nothing. He grabs them both and throws them down – we give two more – and the process repeats. Until recently….
I have been noticing that when I offer him choices he will grab the case and throw it to the floor – but then we will get to one and he will take it and put it back in the drawer (like in the picture above) and then close the door. I assumed that he did not want this one – after all he was “putting it away.” However I think that is his choice. He has watched me day after day take a dvd, put it in the player and then put the case in the drawer and shut it. I think he has picked up on this and he thinks by putting it in the drawer and closing it – that he is making it play.
We have gone with system this for a few days – and he seems to be happy with HIS choice and mamma is happy with this small victory!