Q&A session 8
Q: Hey there!
We attended our intensive in January. Patrick is now
saying word approximations for about 35 words (I think
he was only saying 10 or less when we came) and is giving
us about 5-20 seconds of sustained eye contact 70% of
the time (from 1-5 seconds in January). He is stuck
on the sound "eh" when he wants something. Of course
we play dumb because we don't know really what "eh"
is, but how to we shape "eh" into a more meaningful
word sound for him, and do we try to get him to say
something different than "eh." Because he is saying
such great word approximations, we believe in his ability
to say something more than "eh" and think it is among
the possibilities that he is taking the easy way out.
We ask him to, "if you could just give me a different
word for "eh" I'd know just what you want." But then
he goes "eh-eh." We are confused on how to respond.
Do we try to continue to get him to say a different
word, or do we respond to 'eh' or "eh-eh" after a certain
period of time with the object he wants.
Thanks a bunch! We send you all our love and miss you
A: Hi guys! It's great
to hear from you.
I noticed you have been using our new Son-Rise message
board. We hope this is another way families such as
yourselves (and everyone else out there) can communicate
with and support each other. For those of you who haven't
seen this yet, make sure to check it out.
The way you can help Patrick with this is to assign
one meaning to the "eh" sound. (for example, you could
decide it means "eat".) This way you give a particular
meaning to the sound… and if he wants something else,
he will see, over a period of time, that he has to use
one of his other approximations to get it. So, every
time he says "eh", he gets offered eat first. Now he'll
have a reason to say something else. One other thing:
if it seems like he is exclusively saying the "eh" sound,
then you would want to join in with him, as it's a repetitious
behavior and not a communication.
so many questions this time… thank you for sending them
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(or those who have questions now), you can post your
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Son-Rise internet community can help you out!
I hope everyone has a great winter! Enjoy your children.
Intro to Q&A Session
Capabilities and Eye Contact
Difference with The Son-Rise Program®
Hyperactive with Autistic Tendencies
Time in the