Friday, October 24, 2008

Patrick, your genius is showing...

Oh, the Wells Fargo Wagon is a, comin' down the street, oh please, let it be for me!  Today, the wagon came for Mason!  His new, shiny Dynavox Palmtop3 is now here!  How bee-yoo-tiful!  It is just as shiny and nice as you might expect...come to think of it, can we just put it on a shelf and admire it's beauty, before it's covered in drool and teddy grahams?  Oh, I guess not!  I was able to sit down with his speech therapist today to have a once-through...it seems very awesome and full of options...so many options that some of them have to be turned off or dumbed down, for now, until he gets the hang of it.  It's amazing the capabilities the device offers...much more than I expected it would.  Now, to teach Mas about all of the lovely buttons.  Had a great story from his speech therapist....yesterday, she went to work with him in his room, and she asked him if he wanted to ride bike or swing.  He chose ride bike, so they left the room to head to the bikes.  He went the other direction, down the hall, so she followed him to see where he was going.  He proceeded to walk down the hall and stop in front of the elevator.  He pushed the button and stepped in.  She followed.  He pushed the button to go to the basement.  Once they got there and the doors opened, he walked down the hall to the day student's nursing office, opened the door, turned on the light, and sat down at their table.  His therapist said, "Do you have an owie?"  He pointed to the place on his right wrist where he was bitten by another student earlier this week.  (!)  Then, they sat and waited, since there weren't any nurses in the room at the time.  She finally said, do you want to wait for a nurse to come back, or go ride bike?  He got up, grabbed her hand, turned off the light and walked back to the elevator to get to the bikes.  HELLO!  A very nice AHA moment, witnessed by someone other than mom!  YAY!  I'm always glad when he shows his smarts to someone other than us....what a relief!  Anyway, once he figures this device out, watch out, 'cause he'll be a communicating machine!

2 comments:

Jamie said...

Great post! Can't wait to hear of more of his communications!!! love you!

Monroegirl said...

Love you, too! Thanks for the comment. I hope there is more from him. It's so exciting when it happens!