So it’s now just shy of seven months since Ollie was implanted; six since he was switched on. In that time we have worked daily with him to give him the best access to spoken language that we can. Ollie attends AVuk every fortnight and, despite our experience with Alice, we are still learning all the time. In part, this is because Ollie is that bit younger than Alice was at the same stage; he’s still a bit young for structured AV-type games (as Ollie’s AVTs have found to their cost!). Frustrating doesn’t begin to cover it, but his progress makes it all worth it.
At six months post switch-on, we reckon Ollie has around 15 words (expressively) and about twice that receptively. Ollie can say: Look, Hot, More, Ali, Yum Yum, Brmm Brmm, Choo Choo, Bye Bye, Quack, Open, Pop, Up Up Up, Down, Uh-Oh…they are all consistent but if you weren’t looking for them, you’d probably miss them.
We couldn’t be more thrilled with his process. You always hope for the best and, as parents, we know we will never miss the opportunity to give him the best possible access to spoken language. Miss the opportunity and you might never get it again.
For now, I hope you enjoy Ollie playing “Ready, Steady, Go…..” (an old AV favorite)