Tutorial in AAC Learning

Micah uses his Voice at school a lot, and it's a very good thing. In speech therapy, he's encouraged to learn to use full sentences on it instead of one-word requests and demands. In math class, he can show his teacher that he knows his numbers when asked what a 5 is, or he can count with the class using his Voice to touch each number. He's learning his alphabet by touching letters to hear what they are.

At home over the weekend, Micah gave me a glimpse of what happens in school every day. He armed himself with a highlighter (he likes the larger size - it's easier for him to grasp with his limited fine motor skills), blank paper, and his Voice.

First he'd touch a number on the Voice.

writing instruction

Then he'd write that number on his paper. He did most of them all by himself, but wanted hand-over-hand help with the numbers 5 and 6. I'm not sure why, though, because he guided his hand all by himself while my hand was just going along for the ride.

writing numbers

He filled two entire papers with numbers. It was awesome. He was so proud, and insisted on making two copies of his handiwork on the copier.

written numbers

My favorite numbers are 2 and 3. Some day he will perfect his handwriting and those will be legible numbers instead of squiggles. I'll miss those squiggles then; that's why I love them so much now.

10 comments:

Bridget said...

That is so great! You guys are blessed!

Leanne said...

I hear you. It's so wonderful and sad when they leave the squiggles behind. I still miss the balloon people my kids once drew. Oh, and great job Micah!

Wineplz said...

Awesome job, Micah! I love the proud look on his face. :)

Carol N. said...

Love hearing stories like this! Go Micah!

mommaof4wife2r said...

dude...what an awesome kid!!! how great is it that?! that boy amazes me! and i love the woody shirt!

Trisha said...

Micah is certainly doing well with his voice and his numbers. Kudos to you, Micah!

Crissy said...

He's so great...
Nice job Micah!




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Flea said...

His threes look pretty three-ish. :) SO AWESOME.

Driven To Distraction said...

That is AWESOME! I love when my kids bring school home and sit down to do their 'work' - it makes me so proud! I continue to be amazed at your little boy's progress and growth!

Michelle said...

I hope you're planning on framing that piece of paper!! How awesome! I have tears :) So impressed that he took the initiative to sit down and do that by himself with no prompting!! Kayla loves to have a pencil and paper, but although she can form most of her letters and numbers, when left to her own devices she still mostly 'scribbles' - she doesn't do anything on the paper with meaning (well meaning to her, but nothing to show what she is actually doing). She'll only write when prompted. Anyway, so excited for Micah!