For the first time in his fifteen years, my son told us – by filling in a list on his whiteboard – what he might want for Christmas.
Most nights at bedtime we try to play some kind of word game to encourage his language and interaction with us. We play hangman, write song lyrics or movie scripts that he likes, or make up some fill-in-the-blank sentences that we all answer.
A few weeks ago, my husband wrote:
“For Christmas, Dad wants ____. Mom wants ______. B. wants _____.”
After we filled in our generic wishes of a “shirt” and a “book,” it was the kid’s turn. He read aloud the full board and then filled in his sentence with “shirt.” Since he was possibly just copying Dad, and we wanted to see if he could expand on his ideas, my husband started a new numbered list. Read More