Whole Sort Of Genl Mish Mash
Big D is still fighting the silence. Actually, Big D's daddy is doing much of the fighting these days but he is doing well.
In addition to doing well with his PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System), he is also spelling simple words (car, bus, pen, apple, cat, ball, Donovan), recognizing words by sight (the above words, tickle, I, want, kick), and making simple sentences with flash cards ("I want ... apples, tickle, cars, etc.) and matching these words to objects. Not bad for a 5 year old (let alone an autistic 5 year old).
You were right ... speaking is not a prerequisite to reading and this new avenue of Donovan's learning is showing us a little bit more of what is inside our little boy's head. I had to kick some administrator butt to get them to implement the reading readiness program but I won this fight for Donovan and that is what is really important.
Thanks for asking.