Fervent Friday

Our autism journey

“AlexKa we need a sample of hickory dickory dock,” Owen says. We have Alexa on his Kindle Fire, the voice activated assistant. He hasn’t quite figured out how to push the button to ask her what he wants, but I see so much potential. He loves being able to ask for things and get the reward of hearing what he is requesting. The joy washed over him. He says, “AlexKa stop”. Sometimes I feel like it is easier for him to learn from the repetitive actions that come from him watching videos or hearing certain sounds. I watch how it seems to put its mark on his brain. He yells to me “flashKlight” and “tapeE measURe”. His Toodles’ tools and then he says “I’m proWd de ewe”. I say, I am proud of you. The positive reinforcement works for us. Words are hard for him. I want him to know he is doing a great job by even trying to say a word. I repeat the words he has said to show him how to say it correctly, but I don’t make a big deal out of the fact that he hasn’t said it perfectly. Hearing his voice pushing me, helps me to see it all working. Language is hard, communication is harder. We are now working on trying to find ways to turn his words and expressions into more concrete communication. Today, tomorrow and always we are growing Owen. Believe in yourself and the rest will follow. Smiles to all and donut daze!

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