Tuesday evening at 8.30 Z came to me with his pecs board, ‘I want, McDonald’s happy meal, chips’. At the moment it’s I want everything! But after three times of him saying ‘I want McDonald’s happy meal chips’, I said ‘let’s go!’

Whilst eating his food he dropped the toy, ‘pick it up’, so laughing I picked it up, he’s pointing to the floor ‘pick it up’, I did so I passed him his hat. ‘ I want dog, pick it up’. There was only a dog along with the cat as the toy!

When Z was 2 he started speech therapy where he was started with pecs, they thought this would be the best way for him because he didn’t copy anything so sign language was a quick no.

School. Pecs will continue.

Home he would post the pecs every where, down the radiator, peel the layers off, and refuse to use them at home.

I went to the pecs workshop and made more pecs, he’s starting to get them at school, at home was the same, no. Point blank refuse.

I queried pecs the last two years when I was told he’s on level 2, is it working for him as he’s been on level 2 ages. Well since he started. I thought pecs wasn’t working for him.

This last few months he’s gone to level to level 5, nearly hitting level 6.

Some may say well now is his time, but I think a lot to do is the bond he has with his teacher, he wants to communicate with her. He’s learnt the best way to do this is using pecs. We had the basic pecs sent home and straight away it worked. There was no dragging me to the kitchen and playing guess what Z wants game he could tell me.

He can tell me when he wants a drink and what he wants to eat, it’s a start. We’re no where near being able to have a two way conversation with Z, we may never be able to, but giving him a piece of plastic with some Velcro stuck on and being able to stick on some pictures has finally worked.

I can’t thank the teacher enough for being someone Z wants to learn to talk too, for the staff to encourage him to use his words all day.

I can take him to McDonald’s for a happy meal at 8.30 I can give him toast and crisps and his iPad when he requests them, the hard part is not being able to give him the one person he wants to communicate with when he asks!

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