AbezAbez Is... 50% White, 50 % Pakistani, Muslim Hijab-wearing type female, Daughter of Momma, Sister of Owlie Wife of HF, Momma of Khalid, a special little boy with Autism, and Iman, a special little girl with especially big hair, Writer, Graphic Designer, Editor, Freelancer, Blogger, Inhaler of Chocolate
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Sunday, July 05, 2009

Peeta-Butta and other such verbal masterpieces.

Khalid, time for a bath.


Khalid, you want a bite?


Khalid, come here!


Khalid, cookie?

NooooOOOoOO! No! No!

Khalid, shoes on!

No no no no no nooooo!

It's a bit frustrating, but at the same time, still wonderful to finally hear what Khalid is thinking. He doesn't want milk, he wants Joo. (juice)

He wants the computer On! but his shirt Off! and he emerged from therapy this afternoon without a one. The nice therapist packed it in his lunchbox for us.

We got him dressed this morning, and within minutes he came back to me and took my hand and said Off! Shoes! So we took them off. Then he whined and said no no nooo! And so I took the socks off too. And then he was happy.

He wanders around the house calling out Ruuuuuuth! because he's not sure where she's gone. Ruth is working with another family, and Cindy, who has been us for two weeks now, is patiently teaching Khalid to say her name instead. ('Indy!)

Some of Khalid's vocabulary can be a little difficult to translate though. Kim is milk, buhjo is puzzle, and tay-tow is lay down.

And then there are the words that are clear enough, but adorably confusing. Like SheeEEEep. According to Word World, SheeEEEeep? is what you call out when you are looking for someone. Like your mother. You knock on the bathroom door, and you call out 'SheeEEep?' and your momma says 'Yes Khalid, I'm in here.' It also works in the kitchen.

SheeEEep? (Yes, Khalid. I'm in the kitchen.)

The best way to get Khalid talking is to entice him with what, in ABA terms, we call a reinforcer. In the real word, we call this bribery. :) Today, I got Khalid to jump through verbal hoops for some peeta-butta. Yep, the kid loves his peanut butter.

He knows the words blow and blue, but will sometimes confuse them. Last month his therapist asked him to repeat the name of the colored card he was holding. Khalid paused a second, leaned forward, and then blew on it very gently. Blow, blue- same difference, right? And he also blows on his drink because that's what grownups do. But then he also tried to blow on the surface of the water in the toilet, and I'm pretty sure he's never seen us do that.

Khalid's requests are all still one-worded, unless they involve the word No, in which case they can be up to six words, all of them the same and all of them all mashed together- No no no no no no nooooo! But still, Alhamdulillah, these are amazing and exciting times. :)

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At 7/7/09 11:13 AM, Anonymous knicq said...

Alhamdulillah. Its so good to know that Khalid is talking. Masha Allah.

I also think tay-low is less lay down and probably more "stay low".

Quite likely buhjo is boojho - which is urdu for 'figure out' which is what you do to a puzzle.

He is speaking Urdu as well... which I am sure he did not learn from his dad :)

At 7/7/09 1:57 PM, Blogger Owl said...

I still want to be Sheep Aunty. Except I think Iman has already deemed me HAT! - as in I am nearly always wearing one.

At 8/7/09 6:53 AM, Blogger baji said...

maybe his vocab is more advanced than you think and he's confusing "blue" with "blew" and THAT's why he's blowing. you gotta teach that boy about homophones! ;)

At 8/7/09 6:11 PM, Blogger hemlock said...

i love you. bus. and i dont say it often enough.

At 21/7/09 11:52 PM, Blogger The Gori Wife said...

I like how you're pretty sure he's never seen you blow on the surface of the water in the toilet. Pretty sure, but not positive.... :) I really liked this post!

At 22/7/09 10:44 AM, Blogger Mona said...

awwww! alhamdolillah. his words are adorable!

At 24/7/09 9:57 PM, Anonymous Maddy said...

Well hello there! Sorry about the knee but I love the 'inhale chocolate' and that doctor sounds like my kind of a guy too. Still never mind, with a bad knee you'll just have to admit defeat, sit down, rest up and let your fingers to the typing with little breaks for your fingers as they reach for the chocolates!


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