Thursday, 5 January 2012

He is Going to Communicate One Way or Another



This evening I was in my bedroom making the bed when my ears became aware of a sound in the lounge room. I didn't really pay too much attention at first and then eventually my brain stopped me and forced me to pay attention. I stopped and listened and then it dawned on me - Cameron was playing with a communication app on his ipad.

I popped my head around the corner in disbelief and there he was investigating a communication app. Unbelievable.

It took me a bit to convince him to hand over his ipad but when he finally did I downloaded the communication app I had purchased a few days ago. I then sat with him and we went through the word list. I chose words he would recognize like car and cat and played them to him, showing him the picture as well and with a huge grin he mimicked most of the words along with the app.

He pronounced the words in his own way but I knew what he was saying and he knew what he was saying and we were both grinning. We scrolled through the whole list and then I went into another communication app I had found on the same day and set that up with words he would recognize and he thought that was wonderful also.

I'll let him play with the apps as they are for a while and not stress him to use the apps purposefully because I don't want to stress him or turn him off. He has rejected therapy in the past because he got sick of it and he was put under too  much pressure. I find it's best to follow Cameron's lead.

I was sitting with him afterwards, with his head cradled in my lap, and I asked him how he is feeling. I know I am starting to feel like I'm not living in reality because he is changing so fast. I can't even believe I was trying to have a conversation about his feelings with him but I was. I asked him if he always knew all these things and it was nice to get them out or was he learning them now and after I repeated myself he smiled at me when I got to - learning them now. He is loving these changes, I can see the joy in his eyes.

14 comments:

  1. wow.. *wipes tear* that's just incredible.

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  2. Now, if Cameron was there he would go and get you a tissue. He gets very sad when people cry.

    Me - I'm so excited but at the same time stunned and in disbelief. Please don't let me wake up from a dream

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  3. OMG this is wonderful I am so happy for you Jane this is a massive leap for both of you. Cameron is obviously taking note of all your hard work. WELL DONE to BOTH of you . Your both doing incredibly well. Cameron will continue to amaze you xxxxxxxxxx

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  4. I'm having a cry too Jane- and its not just because I'm feeling unwell and therefore up at this ungodly hour! This is just so exciting, I want to run around giving everybody a hug!! I would tell Cam I am crying because I am happy! And one day soon, he might just fully understand that.

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  5. wow! fab post. Made me cry. Just fab fab fab. xxx

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  6. Such a wonderful post, Jane! I'm so happy for both you and Cameron. I can't wait to hear some of the things he's going to tell you when he gets this all figured out. Must be so frustrating for him not to be able to tell you what's going on inside his head. I love his reindeer shirt, too. Such a handsome guy! (((hugs)))

    Debbie K.

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  7. tears here too...amazing stuff!!!

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  8. Cameron would give you all tissues if he could.

    Thank you everyone for being so supportive and excited with us. It makes the situation even more special.

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  9. Such a lovely post. Gotta love those iPads! :)

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  10. Absolutely Di - best thing we ever spent our money on.

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  11. That's amazing. I'm so happy for you.

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  12. Oh Jane, how wonderful! I am in tears. I can only just begin to imagine the joy and wonder and hope you must feel. And how amazing for Cameron too. I am delighted for all of you.

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  13. Thanks Little Mamma - I hope it all continues and I get to have a conversation with my gorgeous boy.

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