I don’t think I need a crystal ball to predict trouble in Mac’s future.
I know there has always been potential given the ‘genetic’ predisposition (paternal of course 😉 ).
And I know that to enable a 7yo the power of communication when he lives a life exposed to way too much information & adult conversations and concepts can always be fraught with danger.
But, still… gotta laugh (a bit). This child is a nightmare – a wolf in sheep’s clothing if you will.
He had a fill-in/casual teacher yesterday and he was working with “M” his aide.
“M” asked him later in the day if he wanted to “tell or ask her something?” YES he answered.
He started typing…
S h e r e a l l y i s . . .
And then he got distracted, or perhaps exercised some judgement (I can live in hope).
Anyway, when he got home I asked if he wanted to keep typing his message/comment/questions for “M”. He did.
Yep, you guessed it… B-O-R-I-N-G
Now to be fair to the teacher, and on further enquiry with Mac, I am fairly confident she never stood a chance – not when she is competing with his “beloved Mrs R” (the sole recipient of a Valentine’s card from Mac this year).
I am not sure whether his failure to ‘complete’ at school was an awareness that this probably isn’t something you want your communication device ‘blurting out’. It has reminded me how important it is for AAC devices to have a “whisper” or “secret message option” – I’ll add it to the wish list for our perfect device – would love to hear if you know of any that do this.
Slightly unrelated but prompted by this exchange I am intrigued by his inclusion of “really” in so many of his sentences.
“She really is boring”
“I really just want to drive quickly at home” (when discussing powerchair options)
“I really like going out with friends and going to the beech” [sic] (journal writing)
I like that he seems to have a ‘style’ with his commenting & communication – albeit slightly emotive.
He does, however remain a ‘word prediction fool’ offering up that “he emphatically disagreed” when he and I were ‘talking’ on Friday evening –
“oh phrase prediction, how I love thee… sometimes”