Since he has had his Dynavox T10, for about a month now, his language and communication ability has had an incredible leap. He has told us what his favorite song is, things he likes to do, if he wants us to change a movie and even use more language to ask for the things he wants. However, he really still wasn't asking questions or having a conversation with a communication partner. His language was ME focused. There wasn't a whole lot of other people factored in, except to get him stuff!
Until last Sunday. When for the first time in 16 years Kreed wanted to ask another child if they saw a particular movie. Kreed was at the park with his speech therapist and two daughters. She brought them along to see if we could start some social. For the most part he ignored them. Then at the end of the session he stopped in front of the cars and turned toward Haley, the youngest daughter. He lifted up his device, went to his movie section and hit a movie and then stared at her. We were caught off guard! I quickly went to see what question he could ask her and so I prompted him to add "did you see that." She took the ipad with the companion Compass app and replied to him. He grinned so huge and quickly went to look for another movie to ask. This went on for about fifteen minutes. He would find a movie, I would prompt him to ask the question and she would respond. It was beautiful. And Kreed couldn't have been more thrilled.
Here is a video that was clipped together of what happened.
In fact, today Kreed opened the oven to look at his sugar cookies and asked me "Is it done yet?"!!! Then when his buddy Bill came over, he looked at him and said with his device "can we go bowling today?" How amazing is this? It's like he finally realized conversation could be a two way street! I can't wait to see what else he has in store for us!