About 3 years ago, we bought Nate this "Magic Microphone" to possibly encourage him to talk/make new noises. He had absolutely zero interest in it, and would throw it across the room when we would attempt to bring it out. The Magic Mic is a plastic microphone that creates an echo when you talk into it. Great for karaoke, and wonderful for prompting speech
A few days ago, I was playing with Evan and the Magic Microphone and he absolutely loved it. I thought, maybe we should try it out on Nate again since last time he had absolutely no interest whatsoever in talking into the mic. The fam. was sitting on the floor in the basement and we had just gotten done wrestling/tickling. I thought it was the perfect opportunity since Nate does best with things like this after getting some sensory input. I decided to use Evan as a role model. Here's how things went down:
(Talking into the Magic Microphone)
Awesome, clapping and cheering. Nate is kinda interested.
More clapping and cheering. Nate getting more interested.
Nate: Baba (that's how he says Mama)
Clapping and cheering because even if the right words were wrong, he at least tried.
OMG OMG OMG OMG, NATE SAID DADA!!! I haven't heard that sweet sweet word come out of my big boy's mouth in years and years. It was the sweetest sound I've heard in a very long time. After our celebrating and clapping ended, I actually realized what this meant. Nate has the capability to form the "D" sound. The happy tears started flowing and I almost lost it.
We have been experimenting with different sounds and the Magic Mic all week, and Nate has been making some great sounds into the microphone. Today he said 2 words for Matt that we haven't heard in at least 6 months. I'm so proud of him, and he has absolutely no idea why. He's working so hard and accomplishing so much. I guess it really is a "Magic Microphone" after all.