Found a couple cool things in my most recent googling forays this week:
Halo-Soma’s Rapid Prompting Method and a very helpful vid of it in action with a younger child. I will be trying this with A. I like that the kid in the video seems at times totally uninterested/unaware, yet is often neither. A does this with me as well – I get the “I’m not into this ma” vibe a lot, but I shouldn’t assume. Soma also insists on “presuming competence” by giving a kid age-appropriate material, despite outward abilities. That it’s even harmful to do otherwise! One can help motivate communication through learning. Because A is so behind, I’ve little sense of what a 2.5yr old is capable of intellectually, so I pinged a homeschooling mama friend for thoughts on teaching material, and she recommended Five in a Row, preschool version, but with the stipulation that play and freedom are of utmost importance at this age… there is a whole lifetime ahead for formal, structured learning, so ease into it.
I’m soaking up this incredible blog, Emma’s Hope Book, written by writers with an autistic daughter. Emma uses a graduated method of RPM to communicate her ideas. Her mom is beautifully introspective about it all, as I sometimes like to be too, and so it feels familiar to read her words. I particularly appreciate her realisation that it is generous of Emma to communicate in a way that we can better understand (words). Emma says, “Words are not as meaningful to me as they are to you.”
This blog post was also an important thing for me to read, amazingly describing what it’s like to be both very intelligent and non-verbal.
I think about A’s seeming passivity in communicating with me – whether it is just too difficult, or whether it doesn’t feel as meaningful to him, or both.