Rachel and I were treating/training a child with new communication device (Dynavox) today. He’s about 50% intelligible to us because we have been seeing him for quite awhile. We are working on personalizing the device for his individual communication needs. After about 30 minutes and lots of personalizing later he said, “You’re blowing my mind!!!!”
SLPs may be criticized occasionally for being too encouraging, bubbly, etc… However, we have found that this is what it takes to get results. Everyone responds to positive reinforcement… everyone. I was treating a 4 year old boy with autism and moderate echolalia the other day. We began by playing with some play-doh (a beach creations kit). I showed him how to make a starfish by rolling out the play dough and using a cookie cutter. I held it up to him and he said “YAY, Good job!! You made a starfish!!!” perfect grammar and inflection! I loved it!