• Ethan

    Singing Christmas Songs

    Ethan really embraced his Christmas singing in December. It was amazing progress to witness. We have to remind ourselves that Ethan only really started to gain his words last summer. That’s less than eighteen months ago! I had to look back at my previous blog posts to see the real jump in progress. In April 2015 Ethan surprised me by copying a bee song that caught his eye on the TV. In July 2015 he first sang Happy Birthday, you can hear how he couldn’t quite form the words correctly. Fast forward to November/December 2016 and Ethan started singing Christmas songs at home. I could make out a song about…

  • Ethan

    Makaton Please

    When Ethan was first diagnosed with autism we were introduced to Makaton and we started to learn the signs. It quickly became apparent that Ethan wasn’t interested in learning the signs. I say wasn’t interested, I’m sure that there is more to it than that as it took Ethan a long time to learn that he can do things with his own hands. Our hands were always used as a tool for him which is an autistic trait. We quickly discovered that Ethan is more of a visual boy and PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) quickly became his communication preference. At Ethan’s school they do use Makaton to communicate with…

  • Little E

    Little E’s Words – Bubbles

    I have finally got around to capturing one of Little E’s first words. We think her first word was officially tree, or tees as she likes to say, but bubbles wasn’t far behind. With her love of bubbles we really aren’t surprised. Nanny was the first to hear bubbles as Little E pointed one out on the TV. With Christmas the tree was covered in ‘bubbles’ for Little E to point out. Little E happily points out every bubble she sees.

  • Ethan

    Ethan is Choosing

    Over the Christmas holidays we discovered that Ethan has a new word, he will now tell us that he is It took me a while to work out what he was saying but when Ethan was being a little boisterous and I wanted him to stop he would tell me he was ‘choosing’! Pinning his sister to the floor – Choosing. Running round and round in circles, knowing that it will end up in tears – Choosing. Jumping on the sofa – Choosing. Jumping on the bed – Choosing. Not doing as he was told – Choosing!!!!! As you can see Ethan is using this word to let us know…

  • Ethan

    A Speech Update – Pre-Verbal Autism

    Three years ago Ethan was silent. Totally non-verbal with no noises what-so-ever! Then something amazing happened and he started to babble. Over time Ethan also gained some words, only a handful, but it was all positive steps forward in his communication. This time last year Ethan was still babbling and talking in his own language. It was as if he knew everything he was saying we just needed to work out how to translate it. It is only, over this past year, that I have been happy referring to Ethan as pre-verbal rather than non-verbal as I’m really hoping that all signs are slowly starting to point towards Ethan gaining…

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