It’s bad enough to get up an hour early, but this change occurred the same weekend the clocks were to spring ahead. Losing sleep was not part of my master plan, however, Jess rose to the occasion (pun intended) and adjusted in her normal aplomb.
Not that long ago, I had been lamenting to a friend that by the end of the day, no one feels much like talking. As they say, be careful for what you wish for. In this case, it has been a good thing. I’ll give up sleep if it means I get to have a conversation with Jessie.
Now that we are all up at the same time, we are able to have breakfast together. Where most families are trying to keep devices away from the table, we are all using them to talk to each other. Who knew Jess was a morning person? She doesn’t even need coffee to give her a jump start!
During breakfast, Jess finds ways to incorporate the most recent words that have been added to SFY. There was a time I was concerned about giving her too many words to learn (and I don’t mean learning the meaning of the word, but the location of the word on her iPad). But now, I am seeing that the more new words she has, the more she wants to use them in her conversation. ( As a side note, I don’t take the iPad away from Jess when words are added, but we do this together so she knows where to find them.) The consensus seems to have been that if an AAC user isn’t using all of their words, then they weren’t ready for new words. Now I realize that I haven’t been adding words fast enough. New words are motivating!
It’s now 6:30 and the van has arrived. It is still dark. Sometimes Jess gives a hug, but more often than not, she just says bye on her way out the door. She likes being the first on the van and she especially likes being driven. It’s a good start for the day.