picture exchange communication system (PECS) with Quinn. I was a hesitant at first, thinking, "But he's gonna talk any day now, so why do we need that?" But it's become clear that: 1) It might be awhile before Quinn speaks; and 2) He has a lot to say, as evidenced by his numerous adorable requests for assistance by putting our hands on stuff. Today, for example, Quinn got Zac to open the car door, buckle Quinn in, and drive around the block - all by putting Zac's hands on what he wanted. (For the drive around the block part, he nudged Zac towards the front seat - Zac had been sitting in the back seat with Quinn - and Zac took that as an indication that Quinn wanted Zac to drive the car.) We wonder, did Quinn want to go just anywhere (like around the block) or did he have a specific destination in mind? We hope that as Quinn's PECS power increases, he'll be able to tell us lots of things. We can't wait to learn more about what he's thinking and wanting.
Some technical notes for others who might be curious about PECS: the pics shown above are just a few of the ones we made. Some of them are pictures we took, and some we found using google image search. We printed the pics on our home printer using picasa's handy "contact sheet" collage function. Then we glued the pics to corrugated cardboard and laminated them using no-heat-needed laminating sheets from Target. Finally, we stuck small pieces of velcro to the finished cards. Yup, it's a PITA. But we hope it will be worth it. We just didn't think Quinn would respond to the standard PECS.
Just Brody - It is amazing to see the progress that he has made over the last two years. While we were there last visit, he put on his shoes and went to the restroom......
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