Thursday, April 12, 2018

Max's lion story...

After music therapy today, Max wanted to tell a joke to Ms. Laura. 

Here it is...

joke about a little boy who is about to take a great lion on vacation

Oh no!

never even see it coming

his head was goodbye

boy was king now

lion was also going out for him head

feeling for it and it was over there

head goodbye

boy give him yellow different lion head

You think it's funny? I think it's funny.

I love it when Max let's his imagination run wild.  He's been so expressive lately and has really liked putting his "bang words" into his communication.  Like when he says, "Oh no!!", and "never even see it coming".

When he gets writing, I just let him go and ask questions later.  Once he finished it, I read it to him and laughed.  I told him it was really funny.  I asked if he was the boy and he told me yes.  I told him I was glad the boy gave the lion a different yellow head, and glad the little boy was the king now too.

He was really proud of his story, and thought it was funny.  I asked him if he wanted me to share it online and he said "Yes!"

Friday, April 6, 2018

Max and Facebook...

We have had a Facebook page open to the public for Max for several years, but the audience has changed and so has Max, so we closed that down this week and let Max have his own Facebook profile for just his friends and family to be able to interact with him. We've noticed a few things about him having an outlet to visit with people and wanted to share.

For starters, it's been incredible to watch him want to engage with people by asking questions.

It's also been incredible to see how more of his family and friends are engaging with him, not just to us to get the message to him.  The shift has happened where everyone is answering his questions, where before it would be a lot less impersonal.

Max has wanted to use his talker daily since giving him this outlet to visit with people.  For a kid who is stuck in his house most of the time, online communication has always been his most usable way to be in touch with people.

Here are a few of the posts from this week.

For his first post, he asked "My friends what you doing".  He got lots of responses and in turn responded to the questions they asked him. It was a busy afternoon of visiting.

On Easter/April Fools he wanted to hear some jokes from his friends, and they did not disappoint.

I think once he realized people were really into visiting with him, he wanted to tell them a bit more about himself, and ask the question, "you like my dog George?"

He got answers with photos of everyone's dogs, cats, and turtles. And he responded with comments about them all. Except the cat and turtle...we'll have to get back to those.

In art therapy this week, Max made an awesome boy bird.  This boy bird was for Dad's office. And it may look like a bird at first glance, but it is a boy dressed up like a bird.  He wanted to know if everyone liked his awesome bird boy.

And finally, he wanted to know if everyone likes opera like he does.  It was a bit trickier to ask this question, so I took video of how Max has to go through so many areas to ask a simple question sometimes. 

This is the video of how many times Max has to click his buttons to ask the question, "You like opera?"

See, Facebook isn't all that bad.  It's opening the world up for Max. 

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Max's talker...

It's Spring Break and Max is watching plenty of his favorite movies along with a few new ones.  This afternoon as he was watching his opera I tried to get video of him using his AAC device.  He is so quick with it, it's sometimes difficult to see how he's making it work. Add that to he does NOT want me taking his video lately, and it's not the best example...but still neat to see him in action.

Max is an auditory step scanner. This means he touches one switch button (red) to step through his choices.  He listens to all the choices, and then selects what he wants to say with the yellow switch button. He has memorized most of what is in his computer and often gets me to menu areas I didn't remember existed to say what is on his mind.

I convinced him to let me "interview" him for the people because they wanted to know how he uses his talker. 

In this third video he's hamming it up for us, playing a game, and telling me to go get his ipad. I think he just was tired of me talking on top of his opera music.

And finally, this is how he will sometimes use his talker when he's getting tired.  He wants us to support his hand and then he presses our hand into his switches.  Or he will hold his right hand still and use his left hand.  Or he will use all three hands to navigate his switches.

He tells me at the end of the video "end interviewing", so I turned it off.

Hopefully this gives you all a better idea of how Max uses his AAC device to communicate.  He's always changing it up, so I tried to get a good picture of all the ways he accesses his switches.