Alternative alternative communication

March 15, 2013


Chloe is sick today. She’s lying on her mat, and I’ve been trying to overcome the temptation to let her watch TV all day for the second day in a row. But now she’s whining.

“Do you want to watch TV?” I ask. But she’s all the way across the room. We can’t use our usual system, where she grabs my left hand for yes, my right hand for no.

“Smile if you want to watch TV.” Chloe doesn’t smile, she makes an impatient noise and squirms. She knows I know she wants the damn TV on. But I want her to “say” it.

“Okay, move around and make an expression of desperation if you want me to turn on the TV.”

And this time, I get a smile. I turn on the TV.

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