Up until last week, if you asked Nolan if he wanted to go outside, his answer would be:
"You go outside."
Or if you asked him if he wanted to have a snack, he would say,
"You want snack."
He didn't nod his head, never said the word "yes" unless it was in direct imitation, and would parrot whatever you said, word for word.
We have worked for months to get a spontaneous "yes" out of Nolan. It literally took months of modeling, practicing, and therapy to eliminate the echolalia and get the concept of "yes" into Nolan's head.
Here it is, in all its glory:
I never knew such a simple word could make me feel so happy!
In other news, we are heading up to Buffalo Hearing and Speech Center tomorrow for a third attempt at getting accurate hearing levels. Our audiologist called on Friday to cancel the appointment (we have had nearly every appointment since June cancelled or moved at the last minute- it's getting a little old). I told the staff I wanted to keep the appointment, so we're going to try the testing with a different audiologist. If we wait any longer, Nolan will have had the sleep study and ENT/GI doctor appointments and will be wary of the sound booth again. Plus, we have already arranged for Dennis's time off from work and for the prescription to get faxed up from the pediatrician's office.
Wish us luck- I hope Nolan cooperates this time around. Maybe a different audiologist will be a good thing, since he doesn't have as much familiarity with her. On the other hand, he could flip out and refuse to cooperate at all, which would mean that we have to schedule a fourth hearing test. Since I really hope to avoid that scenario, I am praying for a compliant and cooperative two year old tomorrow morning. Though I'm pretty sure that "two" and "cooperative" is an oxymoron, there's always hope that he'll be in good form tomorrow!