"We are going to focus on LIFE for Katya. I believe, one day, she will amaze the world."

Dr. Ben Carson on Katya Dueck

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Joys of Communicating With An AAC Device

After Kaya's OT/PT/Sensory therapy today, I stopped at the little health food store we have in town. Katya used her device (with some slight encouragement) to ask for the piece of ginger candy she wanted. Then when I went to check out, she turned her device on, went to the drinks section and choose, "BEER".
I laughed, the cashier laughed--and I said, "Oh Katya! You are too young for beer! Do you want tea?" I showed her the tea button and she choose that, so I purchased a bottle of tea for her which she guzzled down greedily. But after I got home and told Charity, she laughed at me and said, "MOM! Don't you remember?? She LOVES their natural ROOT beer!"
Maybe we need a ROOT beer button, eh??


Anonymous said...

Well look how smart she is!
She want's root beer, there is no root beer button and she correctly picks the one that is closest to what she wants! What a clever little girl.

And yes, you seem to definitely need a root beer button ;)

Hope Anne said...

Yes, we have seen this skill before--like when she was only home a few months, and knew only the merest handful of signs. We had a meal after church one Sunday, and as Katya spied the dish of beets, her face got a very intense, concentrating look. You could see the thoughts swirling and then she signed, "Apple" and pointed to the dish of beets. Out of the few signs she had at that point, "Apple" was absolutely the closet and best choice to let us know she wanted beets! Katya has done similar things at other points so we know her brain works well to categorize and communicate with the limited options she has. So excited for her to be able to increase her communication!