What relates “yes” more to you: a happy cloud? A big checkmark? The word in bold on a green background? Is “no” a big, red X or a circle with a line through it? Ahhhh. The amount of time I’ve spent thinking about this insults my expectations that communication should be… natural, intuitive, even easy. No, it will be work.
I know communication with A WILL happen but I don’t know if it will be through rigorously teaching symbol representation cards, or through a talker that says a word when you push a button, or spelling things out on a letterboard, or or or. I don’t know. Luckily, there are so many things to try.
In my random ramblings aloud with my kids, I’ve discovered that A is very responsive/interested in talking about the books that we read. I’ve started doing strange things like incorporating quotes from books into our chats, and he immediately makes eye contact and sends me “I totally know where this is from” vibes. For example, when we eat a meal I explain that putting food in your belly makes you “grow…and Grow… and GROW!” big like daddy (hehe). The grow bit taken from “Little Gorilla”, a well-loved book from his cousins. Then maybe we’ll talk about how the little dude from “the hungry caterpillar” had to eat a lot of food to grow into a beautiful butterfly. It’s cool to know this about A, that he is so taken with the words of his books. Very cool, and will take us lots of places.
Yet another confirmation A’s receptive language is likely good, and he is absorbing all that he hears around him. Maybe audio books would be fun.
I try to think of this time, this time without expressive language, as banking knowledge. And that someday he will show us the wealth he has accumulated.