Wednesday, February 2, 2011
I wonder what she thinks...???
Lately I have had a lot of people ask me "How do you know if Ellie likes something" and "How do you know if she dislikes something" When you have a child that is non verbal I think it is a mixture of 2 things that help you work these out.
1. As Ellie cannot verbalise her thoughts she is forced to let us know in other ways
2. As a parent we have had to become aware of what she does in these situations.
For example when Ellie likes something, she laughs, shakes her head, moves her hands or feet or whole body, or grins with anticipation.
When she doesnt like something she can scream, screach, arch her back, try to throw her body out of the highchair, pram, chair etc.
Does this paint a clear picture??
Working out what Ellie likes & dislikes is not hard to do....
However one thing that has entered my mind alot lately is working out 'what she thinks', 'what goes through her head'
There are many times I catch her looking at Me, Luke or another family member, a toy, Tv with a look on her face. A look of knowing... knowing that this person is 'one of her own', knowing that this toy is her fave and she shakes with excitement... But what does she think??
I would love to know the thoughts that run through her head?? In time we are hopefull that Ellie will become somewhat verbal and that she will be able to verbalise her thoughts.... But in the meantime we will be left wondering, and left to work out if we can deceifer her thoughts through her actions
Posted by Melissa Young at 7:30 AM