Thursday, March 19, 2009

Receptive Spoken Language

I think I've been so intent lately on getting Lucas to produce sounds, that I haven't been noticing his receptive spoken language - until today. I decided I wanted to see what he would do if I said "milk" while he was eating, and waited for a response. Check out what I got:

Can you believe it? I almost fell over. I'm surprised I sound so unsurprised on the video. He did the same thing for cracker (which at the moment is his most favorite food - Ritz crackers, specifically). He knows I keep them behind where he's sitting in the video, and when I said it, he completely turned around and pointed. How exciting!

Here's another video that shows two different things. First, how he "dances" when he hears music (he does it much better than that, but it at least illustrates the point), and how he "signs" uh-oh. I don't know if it's REALLY how you sign uh-oh, but that's at least his *home sign* for it. It was suggested by his speech therapist (who signs also, incidentally). I think she's amazing, by the way.

So, the turn taking we've been practicing for the past year paid off today. I waited for a response, and I got one. I need to learn to be more patient more often.

12 comments:

Michelle said...

Great!! What a cutie!

Elizabeth said...

Great videos -- he's adorable and learning so fast! Thanks for always captioning them so beautifully, too, so everyone can enjoy watching Lucas bloom!

leah said...

Wow, wow, wow! He definitely understood milk! He is sure coming along quickly with his listening skills!

Melanie said...

GREAT!!!!

AJ's Mom said...

He's learning so quickly!! Way to go Lucas! The "uh oh" sign is adorable, and a great idea by the way! keep up the good work!!

Julia said...

Adorable! And congrats on the progress!!! Yeah, I've had to train myself to give Ben lots of response time. Sometimes he'll ponder something for almost 30 seconds before he'll respond, especially if it's pretty challenging. Our TOD doesn't get that at all -- if he doesn't answer perfectly in 2 seconds, she just answers for him; very discouraging.

Amy (Ava's mom) said...

WOW WOW WOW - that's fantastic - don't you love it when you are completely caught off guard :-) I'm so excited for you!

tammy said...

He is just taking off! I love it! My therapist in Texas always had to remind me of the "power of pause"! I always want to talk, talk, talk! My therapist here calls it the Ling 7 ... ah, ooo, ee, mmm, sh, s and SILENCE to let them respond! haha! LOVE how he's saying mama too! What wonderful moments to capture on video!

susannah said...

so great!!!

Gram to Toes said...

Wow, he is doing great to understand "milk" so soon after his activation! He's adorable.
I love the home "uh oh" sign.

Anonymous said...

Hi Jenny and Lucas,
I enjoyed your videos very much! You must be so proud, I am happy for you. Lots of kisses from Paris!
Angela

Paula Rosenthal said...

Love that you have captioned your videos! :) I turned off the music though so I could hear you and Lucas. Glad he is making progress with his cochlear implant. When he grows up, he will have this blog and your videos to look back on and see how far he has come.