Before starting this post I looked back through pictures to see what pictures I had of things Lucy has said recently and look what I found:
She asked this while her great-grandparents were on vacation for a few weeks. We usually see them at least once a week and she wondered when we were going to see them next.
This was at supper. She is always ready for bed at supper.
This was about a painting she had just finished!
And this was from yesterday after we talked about Chad getting her bike out of the basement for her first bike ride of the year! I asked if she was talking about her bike and she confirmed yes with a head nod. Dad had not forgotten:
I am always racking my brain to think of things she might want to say, and what other kids her age might want to talk about. Her and I are always reading a Disney Fairy chapter book and the way the fairies greet each other is to say, "Fly with you" instead of hello. So just this week I added that to a page of greetings I have made for her in her PODD on her Tobii, in addition to what was already there, and she was tickled. She even greeted me with it when I sat down to feed her lunch one day.
I love the idea of showing the world everything people who use alternative means of communication are capable of. These devices and books, and everything else people use are not just a means for relaying their basic needs and wants. It is the key to letting their true selves out for everyone to see and know. It is a slow, delicate process, requiring a lot of patience, consistency, persistence, and belief in the AAC user. But as time goes on and you see just what your child, loved one, student, or patient are capable of, it makes every ounce of effort worth it!