I picked up Lilli's new ipad from her school yesterday. My housework is going to seriously suffer even more for a few days while we play with it.
Last night I had a brainstorm, and this morning I tried it. I used an app called "Proloquo" that Lilli's teacher and principal had put on the ipad for her. It is a communication device that can "speak" for her, if I can get her to learn to use it. I pulled up the typing keyboard on the app, and held her hand. I made her type "go." On this app, when you hit "speak" it says the word for you. So I made her hit "speak." The voice said "go." Then I quickly put on a Sesame Street Youtube clip. At first she resisted. She does not like to have her hands touched. This I expected. I only did it a few times...and I saw the light bulb go on.
I wanted Lilli to see that if she types a word and hits "speak," she can tell me to make the movie go. Believe me, she gets it.
After working on it together for an hour and a half this morning, Lilli was already leading my hand to the "G" and the "O." That is the great thing about hand over hand. I lead her hand until she is confident. Then she begins to lead mine. And then one day, she does it by herself.
Together we typed "Mommy," "Lilli," "eat," and "movie." Lilli smiled and kissed her own hand. That is "Lilli language" for "this is cool, I love this!" She also kept trying to SAY the word "go," which came out kind of like a breathy "gee"
We are on a break. Josh is beginning to stir from his morning nap. Lilli just dug in the trash and came to me with coffee grounds all over her hands. The dishes are piled high and Lilli needs her medicine. Guess I'd better get out of ipad world and get back to life. But my joy from this morning will distract me from the chaos.