R.’s talking is about the same. We’re hearing a few more spontaneous words. She’s saying uh oh and oh with a variety of inflections in response to things, and we’re hearing yeah and no more often.
Mostly though she is repeating what we are saying. In a few months I may be frustrated with this, but now I think it is quite awesome. It means that she will say hi and bye to people if they say it first, and she’s paying attention. I’m discovering that there are so many kinds of games to play where I get her to repeat what I’m saying. I’ll give her stuffed animals one by one, getting her to repeat duck or whatever. We’re actually playing with flash cards.
E. is much sillier with her and they play these games echoing babble phrases. He touches his forehead to hers and says “bonk” and she says bonk and they play a head bopping game. I’ve been trying to put a stop to this game, imagining her head butting one of her class mates. But I think I end up sounding like a control freak because they are having fun.
Right before Christmas vacation the behaviorist said she was not doing as well with two word mands, they are working on want book, want ball. She suggested I work on it over vacation. I did and did not have much luck with any mand that started with want, she would just repeat the last word. She would however repeat two words for requests like lights on, socks off and that kind of thing. I also noticed that over vacation her response seemed to be a little slower, I had to work a little harder at prompting. I was wondering if I was seeing a regression. Monday when she came home from school she was back to responding to a verbal prompt almost instantly and it has been that way all week. I can’t help but wonder if this is a part of having vacations or if we could be doing something else.
She also has new sounds. Her screaming has become more dramatic. She has this new angry, tearless scream that is so loud and high pitched, it must get the attention of all the dogs in our neighborhood. No one told me that her voice could get louder. She also has a new happy sound, I guess it is really a vocal stim. She sounds like Arnold Horshack’s little sister. She makes this sound and runs around grinning and being mischievous.