Holidays are great for getting away from everyday life but also for spending non stop time with one another. Some families may not like this too much but as we hardly spend any time all together at home for us to be on holiday and have 24/7 in each others company is bliss!
Being away together also gives us time needed to fully embrace Dylan’s iPad use. He is supported to use it for every interaction both with us and new people. We can model words for him and add vocabulary to it as it’s required.
In addition to this Dylan’s becoming proficient at adding his own words too. He can independently use the iPad to take a photo of an item or person that’s not in his vocab list and then use the drop down keyboard to type the word in. Dylan struggles with the spellings in this bit but is able to write enough for us to be able to understand and type the correct spelling for him. Self directed pictures and typing is a useful technique we are encouraging to enable Dylan to generate his own working vocabulary. This week already we have had
‘magum’ for Magnum icelolly
‘hannk’ for hammock and
‘crash’ for a computer game which he remembered both the location of and correct spelling for since our visit here last year.
This boy astounds me.