Think waaayyy back to a particular Survivor series , featuring 'Boston Rob' . Rob and Amber, the contestant that won the series, eventually got married, i think? Anyway, he spoke with a very interesting accent that is apparently unmistakenly from Boston in the USA.
Meet "Boston Deqlan" everyone! You might hear of some kids on the autism spectrum learning to speak or recite entire movies from tv or dvds - they also tend to pick up the accents ! Well, when Deqlan is watching Thomas or wanting to tell us something about Thomas, he is British "oh bother!' When Deqlan is saying words or sentences or referring to the Love and Learn dvds, he is American, Boston American ( if there is such a term!) ' Caf" for calf, like a baby cow 'ZEEBRA' for zebra 'BEER' for bear - oh he keeps us laughing all day long
Deqlan has also started talking in his sleep, one moment we will hear ' BUMBLE BEE' the next counting in Afrikaans 'EEN, TWEE , DRIE, VIER, VYF, SES, SEBE, AG, NEGIE, TIEN! YAY'
This morning Mark walked into our room to say goodbye before he left for work and Deqlan said 'I LOVE YOU' then 'DADDDAAA' to precious and beautiful for words. Mark said the other day, he waited a loonnggg time to hear Deqlan say Dada, our hearts sing with joy each time he says it, in fact EVERY SINGLE WORD is celebrated and i try to remember them all - thats why i use the blog to makes notes of them all. WE ARE ELATED AND BLESSED FOR EVERY SINGLE WORD.
unfortunately, so many kids on the spectrum or non verbal, they will never speak, but thankfully learn to communicate with other alternative means of communication from ipods to PECS ( A picture exchange system) to sign language to machines that talk what is typed in by the user. I have seen many documentaries about individuals with autism that are not verbal, the poetry and beautiful way of talking through these methods is astounding.
April is Autism awarness month and we will be starting the celebrations last week of March , as thats when school breaks up. I dont know how Deqlan is going to feel not going to school for a few weeks, but we sure will be thrilled to have him at home for the entire day! Have lots planned for our blog to create awareness and i hope you will all help me!
We are delighted again to be going to the Midlands this year , after Easter weekend, as Megs and I will be getting confirmed Easter Saturday , so we will leave Easter Sunday for the mountains with Nanna and Grandpa. Meggie and Conrad and Keaton wont be joining us this time, as its very close to Miss Khloe's due arrival, so doctors orders are to stay in the vacinity! WE WILL MISS THEM TERRIBLY, but know next year we will have an extra family member come with us! CANT WAIT!!!
Cant wait for Deqlan to run in the mountains and be in the fresh air and to see if he actually says 'I SEE A HORSE' when he see's the horses!!! And that its not just scripting
I am also hoping we can get down to the sea, man oh man, would Deqlan love to run through the waves and eat the sand and run for miles on the beach, hold thumbs i cant convince Dada..perhaps a trip to Ushaka Marine world to see my beloved dolphins...maybe i am pushing it, will let you know what i get right!!
Deqlan has been giving us lots of clues that he isnt only scripting but understanding and relating to the words he is saying - like last night - seeing an ad on tv for sunglasses - he said 'sunglasses'
I got Deqlan a gorgeous little Thomas scooter today ( thanks for telling me about it Megs) and when i took it out the boot in great anticpation of Deqlans reaction, he said ' BICYCLE' for the first time ever - ' YES MY BOY, IT DOES LOOK LIKE A BICYCLE!' Then he looked at the box and said ' BOX' . wow, Deqlan you amaze us every single day my boy!
Candice tells me Deqlan had another great day at school -they did number matching, and Deqlan can do it till 10!!!! So proud of you big boy!
Another highlite of today was saying 'i love you' to me and Nanna!! Both Keaton and Deqlan have chosen this week to say this words , with meaning and understanding, thank You Lord, how blessed we are!
PLEASE SAY A PRAY FOR LAYLA GRACE WHO JESUS CALLED HOME YESTERDAY. PLEASE PRAY FOR HER AND HER FAMILY.
Well, let me run for now, nearly home time, hope you are all very well, enjoy the evening and let us know how you are
God Bless, lots of love
Mark Samm Deqlan Logan
'FOR I KNOW THE PLANS I HAVE FOR YOU'. DECLARES THE LORD.'PLANS TO PROSPER YOU AND NOT TO HARM YOU, PLANS TO GIVE YOU HOPE AND A FUTURE'