So here we go again. Our week of AAC with Speak for Yourself (SFY) has begun. Playing by different rules this time. When we are with Jessie, whatever word we use on SFY can be spoken (simultaneously), but we will not speak in public. I don’t want to explain that I have the ability to speak and am choosing not to. Last year, I was touched by the compassion shown by strangers who assumed I could not talk. It gave them pause in a world that is so busy. It made me realize how kind the world can be.
Tonight at dinner, we were all using SFY. We even had a conversation afterwards! Husband is appreciating the new feature of word prediction. He’s already said via SFY “this is hard, I don’t know where the words are!”. There are times when I see Jess searching for the right words too. These are the moments that I’m witnessing her vocabulary growing.
I’m anxiously anticipating the weekend. Husband is officially going voiceless Friday through Sunday. On Saturday, I will be verbal for the day. You know what they say about pay backs…. well, the dark side of me wants to push husband’s buttons. This time, I will be the one completing his sentences. I expect that this will be extremely annoying and that I will be highly amused.
Even though October is AAC awareness month, we have our own personal agenda. Yes, I want the world to understand and accept people that use AAC, but selfishly, this is about benefiting my family. We forget that we talk fast. It is easier for Jess to be part of the conversation when we all speak at the same pace. Using SFY, we are all on the same playing field.
This week of immersion, I hope to expand my AAC/SFY fluency. To be honest, I’ve been a slacker. There are other parents that put me to shame, but of course, it is wrong to compare.