• Ethan

    Autism and the First and Then Technique

    When Ethan was first diagnosed with autism his family support key worker introduced us to a First and Then board. We would use the board with PECS to visually show Ethan the activities we wanted him to do. This was also used at his nursery and we found it a great help. Since Ethan has started school he has refused the use of visuals at home but over the past few months, with his increasing use of words, he has asked us about First and Then. We use this to tell him that it’s a school day, when he is going swimming and when he is going to his after…

  • Ethan

    Speech Therapy An Update

    I haven’t blogged about speech therapy for quite a while but to be honest that is because we haven’t had many, if any, appointments. Ethan’s speech therapist came back from her maternity leave and we got to see her a few times to prepare for Ethan’s statement reports. She then left her position at the hospital and they have only been able to fill that again this year. In the time we have been waiting we did see a temporary speech therapist for one appointment in November. This was because the department couldn’t find the report that Ethan’s original speech therapist had prepared for Ethan’s statement review. Thankfully she provided…

  • Ethan

    PECS Update – I Want

    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…

  • Ethan

    Happy Birthday To Our Superstar

    Ethan this week you turn four! It only feels like moments ago that we brought you home from the hospital and you made us a family. You really did rock our world, more than you will ever know, but we wouldn’t change you for the world. This year you have done so much. When you turned three you had no words but you soon surprised us with ‘Ready, Steady, Go!’ This arrived in a speech therapy session because you like to make us liars! Go has become very clear but Ready, Steady have become a little rushed, but we still know what you are saying. You can also say Daddy,…

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