Tuesday, February 23, 2010
I talked to Andrew's Speech Therapist the week before Winter Break. She is working with Andrew primarily on social language: how to greet, how to ask a friend to play, how to pretend play with friends, and reminders about eye contact. She'll often bring a classmate to his sessions for him to practice and play with.
We've noticed a lot of progress in his speech over the last six weeks. Particularly with his greetings.
*When we arrived at my parents' house in Vermont last week my mom walked out to the driveway to help us in. Before we had even opened the car doors Andrew saw her and shouted, "I'm Andrew!" To which she responded, "Yes! I know!"
*On our drive home, I was passing snacks back to the boys and Andrew says to me, "I'm Andrew and I want a banana!"
* The other night I was on the phone with a friend and had closed the bedroom door for some quiet while I talked to her. Andrew knocks on the bedroom door and yells "I'm Andrew and I want to come in the bedroom!"
I think in each of these examples there is something a shade off in his usage of "I'm Andrew!". I find his overuse of his new phrase funny, adorable and so interesting! It's really pointing out to me how subtle social language is and how hard it is to learn if you are not naturally adept with its use.
Though, the other day at the playground a little boy ran up to Andrew and said, "What's your name?" and Andrew said, "My name is Andrew!" and I felt so stinkin' proud of how far he has come.
Today I made Cinnamon Toast Bread. A perfect snack for after school on this dark and rainy day. When Andrew saw me spreading the butter on the bread before toasting it, he said, "I'm Andrew and I want bread and butter!"