Hello – It’s Still My Magic Moment!

On New Year’s eve Ethan showed us that he could say the word ‘Hello’. I couldn’t believe it but I was so pleased to blog about it for our Small Steps Amazing Achievements Linky. Since that day he has been using the word more and more, keeping everything crossed, I’m so happy to say he is using it everyday. The added bonus is he always uses it in the right context, this is something that is very important in the world of autism.

When we go out, and if Ethan is in the mood, he will say hello to passers by. If we are very lucky some people say hello back. This melts my heart everytime, my little superstar is actually saying a word that strangers are recognizing and they respond to him.

Some people do ignore him and it makes me sad. I want to shout at them ‘Do you now know how long I have waited for this word, an interaction with people?!’. Thankfully, mostly people do respond. One lady did say she didn’t want to say hello back for fear of encouraging stranger danger. Yes we do have to work on that but I’m happy to let him continue like this for at least another year.

How confusing will it be to say to Ethan, well done my little man you are now talking to people but now you can’t do it, it must stop!

We are also having moments when Ethan will say hello and people engage with him more, asking him another question. He then looks at them blankly or responds in Ethan language. I find I respond by telling them it’s taken nearly four years to get hello.

Last week we got an unexpected Daddy day and I finally got to capture my heart melting moment on video. Definitely one to treasure.

31 thoughts on “Hello – It’s Still My Magic Moment!”

  1. Awww Bless him… Its such a Magic Moment when Late talkers start talking!, every word is just Magic. I also use to hate when people would just blatantly just ignore my boys if there said anything… Even though they words would be very clear. Maybes its just today Society? Nevertheless he should be definitely encouraged to engage in conversations 🙂 #MagicMoments

    1. Jane - Our Little Escapades

      I do find it depends who he says hello to, young girls always reply and also mums of young children. Men sometimes look like they don’t know what to do!

  2. Everything is going well I can see! Love all this positive things thats going on on your household. Tell Ethan I said Hello =) #MagicMoments

    1. Jane - Our Little Escapades

      Thank you. We do take the rough with the smooth and it helps me to keep positive to blog about the good things. Keeping everything crossed for more positive things to write about :0)

    1. Jane - Our Little Escapades

      Thank you, it is baby steps but reminding ourselves that this time last year he didn’t have any words, its fantastic progress x

    1. Jane - Our Little Escapades

      Thank you. I think you really do take being able to talk for granted and it’s not until you are faced with the non-verbal you realise how massie these steps are for anyone. I really hope words for our boys continue to come x

  3. Definitely a heart-melting moment, Jane! It must make him so happy when people respond to him, though I really don’t understand why anyone shouldn’t. #MagicMoments

  4. I was sure I’d commented on this! Clearly having a moment 🙂 Loved this post, such a special moment for you all x

  5. Laura Mummy to Boyz

    What a lovely moment 🙂 O says hello to everyone! If they don’t answer he says it louder over and over until they reply which makes me sad too – they are children who are being polite the least they can say is hello

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