"I think the app is great & she is doing well. I def(initely) think you don't need to send in the book anymore. She doesn't look for it really."
The app is great! She's doing well! I should stop sending the Word Book into school, and she's not looking for it anyway! Woo hoo! We had been wondering how to phase out the Word Book, since now that we've found Speak for Yourself (aka the perfect app) we want to focus on using solely that for communication. As it turns out, Maya's not that attached to using the Word Book to communicate. It's fantastic . . . and a little sad. Our feeding therapist looked slightly horrified when I told her today, "Don't mention the w-o-r-d b-o-o-k, it's at home, we're phasing it out." She was all, "Omg, you put so much work into that thing, and now it's done?!" Well, yeah. But we're moving on to something better. (And Maya still sleeps with the Word Book and will play with it at home, it's just becoming relegated to the status of security blanket, not communication tool.)
This one needs a little background. Maya's boyfriend just moved to the other side of the globe.
She had a major crush on a former classmate, and the feeling was mutual. They gravitated towards each other, and it was seriously adorable. Unfortunately, his family just moved clear across the planet . . . and we were all worried that she would take it hard. She's been asking about him in the morning . . . I talk about who she'll see at school and she says, "Ah? Ah!!!" (that's what she calls him). She pulls his picture out of the Word Book. It's a little sad.
But then I got this note:
My girl apparently knows how to work a room. Her former BFF has been gone for all of three days and she's already found a new partner in crime (well, for this week, at least). I guess she'll never be lonely :)
And just for fun, here's a video from this afternoon. After therapy we went to the library (a book of mine had come in). It was a surprise---she didn't know we were going there. And wow, was she excited:
You might remember that she's library-crazy, although we didn't know that until she got her hands on the Word Book and had words at her disposal for the first time (in the video at the bottom of this post, about 1 min in). All that she wanted to tell us was library-library-library.