R. is talking a bit more all the time. Her requests are becoming more natural. For nearly a year we had to verbally prompt each word. Last month she started saying some words if we held the item she wanted up and waited. Now for most items we just have to wait. At mealtime she is just speaking up and saying what she wants. It almost feels normal. E. and I will be talking and she’ll just interrupt with her demand. It is just one word, but I’ll take it.
She is also self correcting herself. She’ll say cookie, bagel, or open, cookie. She’s saying more words in response to situations, oh no, wow and after years of me working on it – she is saying hey. I know that sounds like a silly word to be excited about. But I’ve been trying to get her to say hey or stop instead of crying.
Her echolalia seems to be changing slightly. Sometimes when she echoes she changes her intonation. It is subtle, but definitely deliberate.
She is very into spending time with E., and she wants him all to herself. She’s been saying Hey! What you doing? When I come into the room. If she is being nice she will hand lead me into another room. But often she just gives me a shove. I’ll say, you want me to go away? And she will say go away! I think this is really funny, and it doesn’t bother me at all.
I feel like I’m documenting every second of potty training. She is up to sitting for eight seconds. The therapists tell her she will sit for eight, and they say only the first, middle and last number. R. counts on her own, and insisted on staying until the count of ten once and twenty another time. Nothing happened, but she was and is happy to sit there. I’m almost looking forward to summer so we can devote more time to this.
I do have to say that I really hate pull-ups. They leak like crazy, and trying to do up the sides makes me feel like I’m all thumbs. Maybe it is because I have so many years practice with diapers.