As of today, Sophie and Kai have three buttons, two of which Sophie has used on purpose occasionally.
Those are Outside, Walk and Park. The chart at TheyCanTalk shows Outside and Walk as “Where” words, but we use these as “Doing” words (go outside, go for walk), so that’s how our tiles are set up.
We have a new Park button because the old one is acting up. I dunno if the battery needs changing or the button was damaged in the many trips. Sometime I’ll take time to look at it. While we were in Eden, with nothing even remotely like a Park available, I had repurposed it as a second Boop button to help Kai with target training. But I’m running out of buttons now. More are on order.
Sophie has been asking me for water with her voice and face a lot lately, so I wanted to introduce Water soon. But caveats:
- It’s better to introduce words in pairs.
- It’s better to hold off on food buttons if a learner is highly food oriented, as Sophie is.
- We’ve been verbally modeling Play and All Done a lot lately.
So our order is probably going to be more like:
- Walk and Park
- Water and Toy
- Play and All Done
And so on from there, but I’m waffling on the mixing and matching of items in 3 and 4 since we more heavily use “water” and “all done” verbally. How much does it matter, though?