Food for Thought
Food for Thought – October 12, 2015
Here’s the thing about my son’s mobility device: sometimes, it feels a bit… alive.
Alive like something full of memories and joy and trouble. Alive like exploration and adventures. Alive like banging into walls and wheeling into ankles and chasing your dad down the driveway. Alive like crying in front of the FedEx guy, telling him to please take care of this thing that helped my son to open a big wooden cabinet and grab a shot glass– this thing that took his curiosity and turned it into action.
…your child doesn’t need certain skills, understandings, or cognitive abilities to start using AAC. You don’t wait for a baby to become skilled or “smart enough” before you speak to them . . . there’s no need to wait any longer to start modeling AAC use with your child. Third, you don’t need to wait to see if maybe speech is right around the corner—AAC is not a “last resort.” Speech will keep on progressing alongside of the progress made communicating with the AAC system. Fourth, your child does not have to be older! We started toying with different things around 18 months, and I wish that we had started earlier.
Here is where I remind you that the Speak for Yourself app that Aidan uses and has changed our lives is on sale October 15th. Don’t miss out.
It’s a whistle-stop tour of the entire field of brain science, from the treatment of neuro-degenerative diseases and brain-computer interfaces, to building unprecedented maps of the brain’s deep-most connections and the ethics of tampering with them.
And what have you been reading?