Although it's not an all-encompassing mode of communication, Adelie generally gets her point across. It's amazing what a few words, a few signs, the ability to point, and a loud scream can accomplish. And in her back pocket, there's that magical word that pulls it all together. 'Da!'
Monday, May 19, 2014
I try not to compare my children. I know that they each have their own personalities, their unique strengths, those special traits that make them who they are. But I can't help remembering that when Staley was Adelie's current age, she had hundreds of words that she used. Literally hundreds. And most days it seems like Adelie has one. Da! Everything is 'da'. To be fair, she does have about 10 words. But duck, dog, down, Dora, and done sound the same in Adelie-speak. 'Da'. I just give her credit because she uses them correctly in context. Add in dada, mama, sissy, Elliott, and up and you've got a vocabulary. She fills in the blanks with her handful of signs (more, all done, please, thank you, help, eat, drink, book). She has also developed a small repetoire of animal sounds (dog, snake, lion/tiger, monkey, cow, bee, and bunny), although I'm not sure how functional these are for getting her needs met. And, of course, when all else fails, she has a high, shrill scream that can't be ignored.