What do you do when your non-verbal special needs child uses his speech device (in Andrew’s case an iPad mini featuring Proloquo2Go) to make a very specific request first thing in the morning?
Why, you change your plans, pack your crap, and reinforce the hell out of his amazing communication via miraculous technology!
Yesterday morning Andrew approached my husband Mikey with this:
If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times (and I’ll say it a million more): This technology has changed our son’s life, has changed all of our lives. As he continues to learn to navigate the program and really embrace it as his “voice,” we are committed to reinforcing his hard work whenever possible. Andrew is not only non-verbal, he’s significantly developmentally delayed. He needs lots of practice, practice, practice and we have to do whatever we can to keep him motivated.
Impromptu trip to the ocean? Don’t mind if we did!
The end result was marvelous.
Those of you raising non-verbal children will understand when I say that if Andrew should ever ask to go to the moon, Mikey and I would find a way to make it a reality.
If that sounds crazy, let me just say that if someone had told us that Andrew would one day be able to independently ask us to take him to the beach, we would have looked at that person like he had suggested we take our son to the moon.
Never say never.
After all, miracles do happen.