I have some exciting news from yesterday. This is so subtle that I truly don’t believe anyone would have ever noticed it but me. And I made Cooper repeat the action so I could make sure it was real.
We were reading book number 4 before bed last night. It was this big book about Sesame Street. Lots of colors and pictures and actions. Per the usual, I ask Cooper to point to different things. ‘Cooper, where is the red balloon? Where is the blue car? And so on.’
I had just flipped to the page about Grover (which is Coop’s favorite page) and he pointed to a hat and said the ‘H’ sound. I had instant tears in my eyes because I knew what I heard. I pointed to the hat and said, ‘what is that?’ He responded with the ‘H’ sound.
This is the first time Cooper has ever done that. There is a different between mimicking a word…which Cooper rarely does. And there is a difference between prompting him to say a word. Which we do often and usually get a blowing noise from him. And then, there is talking on his own. Meaning, HE wants to tell US something. Cooper has ‘sounds’ for up, off, in, out (all start with vowels) and will use them appropriately.
But, this was different. He pointed to a hat and wanted to say the word. Holy Cow.
Here is a video of Cooper that shows his language skills right now. When I ask him to say a word he usually purses his lips and makes a blowing sound, get frustrated, screeches and moves on. He has negative Attention Span when things get tough.