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?