Now, this video was a year ago when he wasn't even communicating anymore and he could not get beyond just requesting with his previous devices.
Did you know that when Kreed first got a device at the age of 5 or 6 they wanted to just give him a big red button. Yep. That's all. A button to convey his thoughts. One button. Even though Carie and his speech therapist told them he could do more. Luckily they won the battle. But guess what happened next? Not a damn person used that device. Carie tried in vain, but no one would help her- they deemed him too behavioral.
You know what I saw? A boy desperate to have an opinion in life. A choice. A basic human right of choice. Of language. Of having a voice. Six years passed with not a soul using his device. Six years of more meltdowns, aggression and out of control behavior. Within weeks of finding out he had a device and we started using it, hear the glee in his voice as he is using it to pick what he wants.
Another misconception is that Kreed just magically knew everything to say. False! We have worked incredibly hard at making sure his device is available at all times. Literally. Even when he tries to communicate with his sounds or gestures, I remind him to get his device. It is always charged and always nearby. It's in the car, in a cart at the store or around his neck. It's been on airplanes and trips and even a boat. Everywhere so that he would feel like his voice matters. Also, it taught Kreed that that was his voice to convey whatever he wanted. I have modeled for him for months on end what language to use and where or I have physically prompted him to touch certain phrases. When the medical cause to some of his rages were discovered, I began to teach him what different things meant if he didn't feel well or if he had pain- he has been given every opportunity to speak his mind. It's not a matter of convenience- it's a matter of his voice. We don't go around duct taping our children's mouths because we don't feel like hearing them talk right now...so why wouldn't we have our child's device with them at all times in case they need to say something or we need to ask them a question? I have never understood this. As a result, we have hundreds of videos now of Kreed using his device in all situations because he literally uses it in all situations. We have even done a series of videos that are 90 seconds or less to show that sometimes all it takes is 90 seconds to hear your child's thoughts and to give them a voice.
This won't mean behaviors magically disappear. Sometimes you have to think on your feet...like in this video...
Or learning what to say when he has to WAIT!