Wednesday, 6 March 2013

First Sentence!!!

After our last assessment, all of us had started making Aarav repeat pretty much everything he should be saying.

He already knew individual words but the issue was to string them together to make a valid sentence.

Where we were going wrong was, that we let Aarav's single word commands like "Paani", "Up" etc help him get through the task.

And Aarav also knew that we understood his babbles..
So he had no need to work on his words more at all!!

Now to make Aarav 'speak', was to make him repeat the entire sentence and only after he repeated it, then do his bidding.

So this is how we started it..

  Aarav - Pani (The word does not sound like 'pani' but it can be identified.)
  Me - What do you want? you want water?
  Aarav - Pani (Nods and points his thumb to his mouth and then the kitchen.)
  Me - Aarav mhan, "Aai Paani De."
  Aarav stares at me with a crooked expression.
  Me - Aarav bol - Aai
  Aarav - Aaaieeeee
  Me - Pani
  Aarav - Panieee
  Me - De + gesture
  Aarav - De + gesture
  Me - Wa Wa Wa!!!!! Parat sang bara - Aai Pani de.
  Aarav probably being really thirsty, got up and went to the kitchen to get water himself.
  I swear if Aarav knew how to, he would have rolled his eyes here.

We have been doing this for days now.
To keep him interested in speaking, and making him repeat the words without getting irritated, we now resort to repeating three times only.
And then repeat the same again the next time he wants the same thing.

After a lot of frustrated moments for Aarav, lot of irritated expressions and half words from Aarav, He has now understood that we mean business.
He has to say it now to get it..

On Sunday evening, Aarav was watching TV. I was sitting on the sofa a few feet away
Neither of us were specifically looking at each other.

  Aarav – Aaieeee.                                 (Mom)
  Me – Ho Aarav? Kay havae?                (Yes Aarav, What do you want?)
  Aarav - Aaieee Paaiiee de                   (no 'water' gesture at all!!)

Aarav now asks for water saying this : "Aai Pani De."
This still needs to be reinforced every now and then, he goes back to gesturing at times. But one small step at a time, I say!!

       Aaieee Paaiiee de!!!
Aarav's first sentence!!! Yay!!!


  1. You both are doing an amazing job with him..!! He is a truely awesome kid.. I feel lucky to be even associated with the 3 of you..loads and loads of love to all of you!!!


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