Besides the obvious (The Silencing of Maya and the news stories generated by the silencing---which I'm updating every few days) we were also all sick with hand, foot & mouth virus (which was exactly as miserable as it sounds). Two and a half weeks later, we're finally all back on our feet.
Maya was feeling better last week and got to do some painting . . .
. . . but some days she was still so tired that she needed an immediate nap (which is not her style).
She continues to make great progress with her talker, and so does Parker (yep, really). First, here's Maya, showing off how she is starting to put sentences together:
Maya loves to call Parker, but she makes a tiny, breathy "Pa" sound to call him. Sometimes he hears it, but most often not. I made a button on the talker that says "Parker, come!" and I've been teaching him to come when he hears it. Finally, it's working :) Take a look:
If you haven't already, we would really appreciate it if you could take a minute to sign our petition to keep this app available for Maya and its other users. As you can see, it's her voice. We can't let it go. (And we would be especially appreciative if you would share it---via email, to listservs, on Facebook, through Twitter, from a banner on a plane, written in fireworks, whatever.) Thank you!