"What do you want to do ?"
R's grandma is asking him some weeks ago . She is starting to get a litte frustrated as R does not anwer her .
After asking him a couple of times, she turns to me " he has the words .. why doesnt he answer?"
I answer " Becasue he does not understand the question?"
Its the truth.
When R answers questions - he is using memory of the context rather than pure comprehension of a sentence.
In reality, he mostly understands single words
For example, this evening when I asked him
"Do you want to jump on the trampoline or play in the playroom?"
Since its evening and I have my sneakers on he will use his memory of what we usually do in that situation - and his understanding of the two words "Jump" and "Playroom" that makes him answer -
As R's Apraxia is loosening its grip and we are getting more and more words -we are recognising the challenges of the next stage of language.
Comprehension of sentences.
I toss and turn over this quite a bit
It can feel disheartening
The feeling that each time we climb a mountain there is another new one just ahead
At the same time, when I look behind - I see all the mountains- seemingly insurmountable ones- that we have already climbed
And it gives me courage
I keep my eyes steady on what I dream of
Of talking to R ....Really talking
"Ah but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, or what's a heaven for "
- Robert Browning