Words, glorious words help my son and frustrate him as well. Owen wants me to use the voice-activated option on his tablet to help him find videos that he generally already has open. He explores the other videos that come up when we search for them. However, as he learns more words he doesn’t always ￼enunciate them correctly, and when he tries to explain what he wants me to find I can’t understand it. Sometimes it has to do with the letters themselves and other times he is unsure of the words. Depending on where a letter falls in the word also determines if he can say the word. He asked me to find Lilo & Stitch. This was a new one for us. He ran all the words together and the more I got it incorrectly the more he was heading into a meltdown. I try to go through the words with him before he pushes the microphone button but this only causes him more frustration because he wants it immediately. I show him that there are words under the video that describe what we are looking for and I ask him to show me the video so I can see the words. I am glad he is starting to understand this. His current request that he asks for over and over is “zebra baby Einstein”. It’s not the name of the video but luckily saying Baby Einstein brings up the one he wants that has a zebra on it. I worked with him today on him knowing the tablet can recognize his voice. He would say, “zebra baby Einstein” until I hit the record button and then randomly he would say, “find toaster”. It still makes me laugh because I have no clue where that expression came from and he would only say it when the microphone was one. At first, he was mad that it wasn’t pulling up the zebra video and I wasn’t saying the words but then he started laughing, jumping up and down, talking about the toaster. My heart soared when my baby laughed. He finally said it correctly for the video that he wanted and off he ran to play. He learned how to do it. He still came to me numerous times the rest of the night but the joy is seeing him grow. Find your joy, open your heart to the world around you, and know that you can make a difference. Smiles to all and donut daze!
I'm Lynn Browder. Owen's Mommy. The best moments in time are when I get to see the smile on his face and that giggle come from his heart.