Ethan started to learn how to use PECS after his diagnosis last year. He took to it very quickly and I spent ages taking photos of all of his toys and making the cards so that he could request the items he wanted.
Then one day he just decided he didn’t want to use them anymore and would scream at me if I showed him his folder. We had no choice but to forget about it for a while.
This isn’t what we want as through PECS Ethan should be able to communicate his wants and needs to other people. So in preparation for Ethan starting school our family support key worker has been working hard to get Ethan to use them again.
At the moment he is doing very well with them at nursery, and he does very well when our key worker visits but it is still very hit and miss with us.
Before Ethan gave up on using his PECS he did progress to using two cards to form a mini sentence. The ‘I want’ card and the item card, so over the past months our key worker has pushed Ethan to see if we could get a sound for want. Ethan being Ethan surprised us and has learnt how to say I.
What’s even more amazing is that Ethan has transferred his use of I to making his requests at home without using his PECS. All of a sudden he will say I and then we have fun trying to work out what item he is requesting.
I was able to capture his use of I and him using his PECS in this short video…
I’m also linking this post to Loud N Proud, another fantastic thing that makes me so proud of my little guy!