Ten years old.
And finally, tonight, he was able to independently say “Trick-or-Treat,” thanks to his iPad and Proloquo2Go.
We practiced last weekend during a Halloween event at a local zoo and he caught on quickly. The best part – other than seeing the delight on his face once he realized he was able to participate in trick-or-treating on a whole new level -was the look on everyone else’s face as they witnessed a little boy using language in such an innovative way.
It was no different tonight – except maybe for the woman who proclaimed “Ooooooohhhh! Scary!” when Andrew hit the button to talk, clearly thinking that his iPad “voice” was some sort of Halloween accessory.
But that’s okay.
That just goes to show that we still have a long way to go in educating the public about our kids and adult children and their communication devices.
I took a video of Andrew “trick-or-treating” tonight, though to be honest, I don’t need it, because I’ll never forgot the look of joy, delight, and accomplishment across his face every time he spoke and someone understood him.
I know Halloween is usually a holiday set aside for the frightening and freaky, but I know better. I know that on Halloween, miracles can, and DO happen.