My son and I have a bath time routine. After washing I let him luxuriate in the warm soapy water and I talk and sing to him.
One of the songs I sing is Old MacDonald.
Old MacDonald provides an opportunity to teach the names of animals and the sounds that they make. Teaching and fun for all.
In David's version of Old MacDonald there is just one animal.
I recently changed the song to encourage him to make sounds and participate with eye contact. I ask him what kind of animals Old MacDonald has.
Before four nights ago, I didn't get much in the way of participation. I got some giggles and some splashing. We have evolved.
Mommy: Old MacDonald has a farm E-I-E-I-O. And on that farm he has a....
David: Duck! ACK ACK ACK
Mommy: Duck! E-I-E-I-O
We continue the song. The only animal on that farm is the duck.
I asked David about the other animals.
What happened to the cows and the chicks, David?
He shakes his head no.
What happened to the dogs and cats?
Duck! ACK ACK ACK
Does Old MacDonald only have ducks?
David nods his head yes. Duck! ACK ACK ACK
David is a three year old who would be described as non-verbal. Because he can tell me that Old MacDonald has a duck and only ducks on his farm, I will no longer say that David is non-verbal. I will say that he is verbal when he has something to say. Something that he thinks the world should know. The world should know that Old MacDonald is a duck farmer.
I'm glad David cleared that up for us.