As the two of you who will read this know, D is on the spectrum and mostly non-verbal at four years old. Mostly because he usually requires heavy prompting but there are other times where he blurts out random words. I’m not sure if this stems from hearing his sister talk all day long or if his language development is trying to catch up on it’s own.
A few months ago, I woke up to D rustling around on my bed. I know better than to immediately open my eyes so I kept them closed and pretended I was still asleep. Once in a blue moon D sees I’m sleeping and cuddles until he falls asleep also. This particular morning he leaned in close to my face, I could feel his breath, and he put his hand on my shoulder. Then I heard, “luh you.” I jumped up so fast I scared him and he squealed in delight. What a great way to wake up!
I want. Please.
These three words are becoming more and more common in our home. D still requires some coaching when verbally requesting items. Small setback: he’s so tall he can open the refrigerator and grab a gallon of milk or juice without asking for help. So instead of a verbal request, he just follows me around with a cup and the gallon of milk hoping I get the point. When he does ask for something he will now say, “I want. Please. (Tablet).”
This one was a little tricky but we managed to figure it out with help from Baby A. D and his sister will try to fight over the same toy multiple times a day. I try to be as fair as I can, I’m not going to let them tear things out of each other’s hands. When it’s time to exchange toys I say, “it’s time to share.” This turned into Baby A saying, “share, share, share, share, share!” Because she’s the real authority in the house…you get the point. One day, D decided he wanted what she had and blurted out, “SHARE!” This has become his go to word for trying to pry something out of her hands.