We've been working hard with improving our daughter's conversational speech skills. During her speech therapy sessions, she's been learning to comment on and ask a couple of questions about what someone else talks about. She's also learning to limit her conversations to two main points. But we've also been working on things at home like sarcasm or analogies. For the most part, she's gotten pretty good with understanding and even using different expressions. She also knows when I'm being sarcastic, for the most part. I really exercise this when I'm driving. She knows that when I say, "Nice driving!" about someone, they're not actually driving nicely!
While she's doing well in these areas, I do notice something that she doesn't seem to get. Oftentimes, she'll pretend to be something, like a cat or a dog or Spongebob Squarepants. When she's pretending, she'll say, "I'm Spongebob!" and I'll answer with, "Hello, Spongebob!" She'll then look at me like I'm an idiot and tell me she's not REALLY Spongebob, she's just pretending to be him. I then let her know that I actually know this. I gave birth to her and helped named her. I was just pretending also!
Nevertheless, the next time she's pretend-playing, we still reiterate the same conversation.
I'm hoping one of these days she'll get that I'm in on the pretend play too and don't really think she's some yellow squishy thing that wears bad clothes and isn't too bright! Here's hoping!