Friday, 10 May 2013

About six weeks ago, River said his first word- "Purple." I can't express how amazing it was to finally hear him say something after spending so long wondering if he'll ever say a single word. Of course, alongside that joy was a slight hesitance whether he would lose those words a few days/weeks/months later, but six weeks on & he's just getting better and better, so I thought I'd share some videos!

This first video is River's first word.

video



And here is a video from this week, with River proudly labelling all the coloured splodges in his book! What's brilliant about this is that he is wanting me to respond each time and is actually taking notice of my response, and correcting his pronunciation. Fantastic!

video



In the days before River's first word, his babbling really stepped up a notch- it was like he was speaking in his own language. I managed to get some of it on camera, and showed it to some friends who pointed out that in the video, River-who was drawing with a blue crayon at the time- says quite clearly, "I draw blue wiggle." The boy who had never said a recognisable word had come out with a whole sentence! (And I didn't even picked up on it!) He is a very smart little boy!


video

So now what we need to work on is using those words to actually communicate. After all, he could know 500 nouns, but if he can't learn to tell me that he needs a drink, or needs the toilet, they're not much use are they?
Still, the progress River has made in the last couple of months is massive. He's feeding himself with a spoon, walking to and from preschool without the pushchair, having hardly any meltdowns, coping with new spaces much better. So right now is a good phase!!

1 comment:

  1. Hiya!
    I just discovered your blog whilst googling for more information about Autism. I have enjoyed reading all your blog from start to finish :)
    River is gorgeous and seems to be making great progress, you must be very proud of him :)
    Our Autism journey is just starting. I have a 22 month old little boy who is suspected to be Autistic and we have an appointment for an assessment with a speech and language therapist in a couple of weeks. I am so worried that we are going to be told he is fine, he is still young and will catch up ect ect... and just be sent away :( I am struggling so much right now and could really do with someone taking me seriously! xx

    ReplyDelete