Just under two weeks ago we had our first home visit from our assigned Family Support Key Worker. Ethan was very excited when she arrived, which is positive as I think she would have a hard task if Ethan didn’t like her, but considering Ethan was sitting on her lap by the end of our appointment I don’t think we have any concerns.
She brought Ethan a PECS folder, she told us that this is something we now have to take with us everywhere as this is Ethan’s voice.
She then put Ethan’s PECS use to the test, by this stage we had been only playing the chocolate and bubble games with him, which I blogged about HERE. She also used bubbles with him.
She started with just the PECS card for bubbles, it was placed on the front of the folder and Ethan had to give her the card to make her blow the bubbles for him. Before blowing the bubbles she would say “Ready, Steady, Go!”. The first time, out of nowhere, Ethan said GO for her as if she wasn’t quick enough with the bubbles. It was as clear as anything but he only said it the once, all the other times he hummed the words for her. She said this is very common for children on the autistic spectrum it’s as if they don’t want to say the word until they are happy they can say it correctly.
She then moved on to using two cards and Ethan had to give her the correct card for bubbles. The other card was of a yellow block and if he ever gave her this card he would be given the block. Ethan never gave her this card. The card’s were then placed inside the folder to see if Ethan would open the folder to retrieve the card he wanted, he also did this. She was very impressed with his progress.
We tried to use PECS with some of Ethan’s toys but he was too interested in the bubbles to move on, that was until we brought out CAKE! I was then able to use the PECS card with Ethan to exchange for the cake.
After all of Ethan’s hard work he was then aloud to have some iPad time.
She spent another hour just talking to me and filling out her report. She also gave me an introduction to PECS DVD for us all to watch, this was our homework.
Ethan’s PECS folder is now full of all the lovely cards that I have made for him so far, you can see how I created these HERE.