Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Mumbling--What? I Can't Hear You!

It's that time of the week! Time to link-up to Jenny Matlock's Alphabe-Thursday! The letter of the week is the letter "M." M is for mumbling.

Many kids on the spectrum have problems with speaking in an appropriate manner. Many kids speak WAY too loud--ear-shattering loud. Others may speak with a monotone. My daughter? She speaks very quietly. Oftentimes, she just ends up mumbling. It can be really hard to hear what she says.

We've been trying to get her to increase her speaking volume for years without much success. I find myself constantly saying, "What? I can't hear you!" Okay, part of the problem is that I'm going pretty deaf, but it's not just me. Everyone has a hard time hearing her.

While my daughter was playing on the computer today, she came across an ad for a new toy called Fijit Friends. Apparently, these toys dance and can talk somewhat interactively. They respond to certain words or phrases that they hear, then respond to them.

While we were looking at the Fijit website, my daughter spotted the following instruction:

--Wait for her belly to be lit, then speak clearly and speak up! Please don't hurt her feelings by yelling at her or mumbling.

My daughter realized that she'll hurt the toy's feelings by mumbling! This has given her the impetus to practice speaking up. She's hoping that by practicing she'll speak at the right level by the time she gets the toy!

I'm wondering why it's suddenly important for her to not mumble for a damn toy when we've been telling her to speak up for years now! I guess our feelings aren't as important as a toy's feelings.

Nevertheless, I hope this is an incentive to get her to speak up! It might offend me on a certain level, but I guess the ends justify the means. Right?


  1. Nope. She just knows that YOU will listen lovingly no matter what--even if it involves straining!--but the toy won't. It's one of those times it's nice to you know you're taken a bit for granted, I guess!

  2. That is sooo funny. Sounds pretty typical to a mom with four kids. :)

  3. that sounds like a useful toy, I wish I had that when I was growing up. it would have been handy.

    suppose, it's easy talking to a toy than to an adult, especially when you're a kid.

    have a lovely day.

  4. I love it when a toy serves a really useful purpose!

  5. Didn't you get the memo? Toys' feelings are THE most important thing! At least...that's how it is in my house!

  6. It's a fantastic toy then if it can do that with her. I think my son would listen to his cartoons (or a Buzz Lightyear toy)more than us .

  7. Mom will always be mom... but daughter has her heart set on a new toy and will work (on not mumbling) to get it. Sounds like a good deal to me, ma!:-D

  8. How wonderful to learn a lesson from a toy! I love it.

  9. Maybe taking instructions from a voice on the computer really attracted her interest.

  10. I wondered if this was going to be about husbands who mumble, ...thinking especially of mine (whom I love dearly, but often have a hard time understanding him)

  11. I'm impressed that there are so many tools available.

    Mom's don't count. They know we love them no matter what...but a doll with a light up tummy...gee whiz...wouldn't want to upset her!

    Have you considered putting a flashlight under your shirt? ha!

    Thanks for another great link.

    I always look forward to your insight!