H is chatting with his speechie on his talker when he points to his play iPad, I (being the dutiful therapy mum that I think I should be) tell him that he can play on it later. A few minutes later he gestures toward it again and his speechie hands it to him, looking interested and asking what he would like to show her.
It looks like he had been watching an episode of Little Ted’s Big Adventure on it before and he presses play to start it up again. “Little Ted is at the amusement park” says the Playschool announcer…
Me: Oooooooooooh riiiiiiiiggghhhht *face palm*
H☝️📢: Excitedly squealing and pointing to his iPad to ensure that he has the full attention if his speechie and I.
Me: (to speechie) Soooo Harry has been saying ‘amusement park’ with his talker on and off all day and I have only just realised what he was trying to share with me! (to Harry) Harry, were you trying to tell mum about Little Ted at the amusement park?
H☝️📢: Clearly nods and continues to squeal happily and point to the Little Ted video playing on hid iPad
Me: Oh, silly mum!
H☝️📢: Giggles and nods in agreement and I’m sure I saw a big look of relief on his face too – finally his mum had figured it out!
His speechie took this opportunity to show Harry how he could expand on ‘amusement park’ to say on his talker 📱 “Little Ted – go – amusement park’ to help his silly mum! And the rest of the session continued (with the ongoing involvement of Little Ted, Big Ted, Humpty and the rest of the gang)…
And I was left thinking about a few things:
- Never assume anything that Harry says is random. Hearing Harry say ‘amusement park’ at lunch and in the car seemed fairly arbitrary, but quite clearly it wasn’t.
- It’s so important for him to have the opportunity to explore his device. I don’t remember having ever modelled ‘amusement park’ to him, but he knew exactly where to find it on his talker and, thanks to Little Ted, probably has a pretty decent idea of what it is too.
- Don’t under estimate the educational power of a small fluffy toy bear going on a ‘big adventure’