... "Never repeat anything you wouldn't want your child to say back to you"?
Well, Erin recently started turning the tables on us during some of our "therapy sessions" (Read: reading stories before bedtime).
Priddy Books are still a huge favorite. Once she was able to verbally label every picture with ease, we moved on to asking her more broad questions when we worked on receptive language skills. We'd ask: "Can you show me a boy?" or "Can you show me which animal is biggest?" At each phase, we would switch gears to working on expressive language... For example "Can you tell me how this boy is feeling?" or "Where would you use this toy?"
Recently, we've moved to identifying groups "Show me some things you would wear on your feet." or "Show me which animals you would see at the zoo."
The other night, while reading one of her favorite Priddy books, Erin announced she was going to read to me instead.
I was open to a night off, so I gave her the book. I assumed she would point to a picture and ask me to label it, an activity we did daily her first year post-activation. But, instead, she very proudly took the book onto her lap and said:
OK, Mommy. Show me something that you'd wear to the beach. Good job! OK, now show me something you use to make dinner. Good job! You're so smart! OK, show me something...
It was so much fun! What I found most amazing was that she was truly coming up with her own questions. I don't think she repeated a single question I had ever posed to her - they were all original.
I'm starting to wonder if maybe I can sit her at the table with a book and tell her to do her own listening games now.