There is always something we are teaching them, i.e. this 3-week school holiday we will be teaching Jonathan to speak to us on the cellphone. At the moment he will just press the red button on the cell - effectively killing any incoming call! I want to teach him to answer the phone, to keep it to his ear or put it on speaker phone, then to say "hello", then to answer any basic question I put to him.
I need to know that he is safe and that he has done certain things, when I call him at home. He needs to know to give the cellphone to his sister, when it rings, so that she can answer or he must be able to answer. We start Saturday morning, that's tomorrow morning 29th of June! Hubby is on board. I told him earlier this week, one evening, that this is what we should do on the weekend. He is very keen.
I will write the script and then Jonathan can answer me from the script. At first it might seem very rehearsed, but in no time at all it becomes second nature for him to respond appropriately. To give him the script is like a 'social story', but not quite the same because I'm expecting him to do more than just read it. He must 'act' it. I will call from the lounge and Craig (hubby) will help him with a prompt when necessary. Or Craig will call him from the lounge while I assist - giving a prompt when necessary. I am excited and can't wait. Now that Jonathan is older, it does not take as long to teach him something as it used to. It is as if he just gets is so much quicker.
I think all the years of training and tutoring has instilled in Jonathan the mindset of being taught, and that he should be learning new things, and obey instructions and commands. Change is no longer something to be resisted, but to be accepted and adapted to as soon as possible. Jonathan has realised that the sooner he embraces change and becomes comfortable with it, the sooner 'happiness' returns! :)
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