Battles against terminal illness, anxiety, and life!

Adapt

World English Dictionary
adapt  (əˈdæpt)
 
vb
1. ( often foll by  to ) to adjust (someone or something, esp oneself) to different conditions, a new environment, etc
2. ( tr ) to fit, change, or modify to suit a new or different purpose: to adapt a play for use in schools

So, adapt we must.  Braden’s needs are liquid, flowing freely from one level to another.  As his parents, we make to be flexible enough to bend and adapt with him.  To remain rigid or to deny his changes would only hurt everybody.  I spent some time talking with Braden’s super amazing teacher last night.  We are starting the process of getting Braden evaluated for adaptive technology.

For those who aren’t sure what adaptive technology is, there are several devices out there that use technology to help Braden speak.  While we can understand about 60% of what he says, that percentage declines as the day progresses.  We are hoping that we will get to understand what Braden is trying to say to us.  It will be a huge relief to not be left scratching our heads. Braden will be a happier child when he can be understood. 

We are putting other ideas in place to help Braden communicate a bit better with the world.  Please let them work!

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Comments on: "Adapt" (2)

  1. I don’t know if you read the blog http://www.gavinowens.com/ but they are in the process of adopting a little special needs girl, ( their special needs son passed away last year). They were just raving about the iPad being fabulous for kids needing to communicate. I guess there are tons of special “aps” for kids to help in many areas.

  2. Nancy Vincent said:

    Hi Becky,
    This is Nancy — one of your parents’ neighbors. As you know, my son has autism and is mostly nonverbal. The ipad has been a great tool for him. He has a program where he types, then hits a button, and it will speak for him. He has another where he’s learning to spell words. There are other apps that use picture communication. The really great thing is that my son is learning to type words and say some of them at the same time. I’d be glad to share more with you anytime.

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