Dylan has been getting on really well recently!
I was really worried that with Amellia being off school that he would be overwhelmed by her being here all the time as she is a rather noisy and active little one and with his routine changing up with no early starts and leaving the house to take her to school etc but he has done wonderfully!
We have been trying to think of ways to let him know what is coming up, and what to expect during the day, with little to no verbal communication and very little and no understanding for what we are saying to him this was going to be a challenge. We first of all tried using PECS but he just had too much fun pulling them on and off the Velcro and even with actual pictures of the things he enjoys he couldn't link them, so we are thinking that when he is a little older these may work well. So what I decided to try next with him is to show him the actual item that we use for certain things, for example when he is given his much-loved bunnies he knows that it is bed time, and usually this works well and he will walk to the gate and wait for you to lift him up and do his night-time routine. Other times he just throws them away, but will generally still accept that it is time for bed. I am currently trying to teach him that when he sees a nappy it is time to lay down and get his bum changed, as he will be in nappies for a longer period of time than most children so when he is larger it will be a lot easier if he will lay down and not wiggle. This isn't going great, but we are getting there!
One of the things that he has really picked up on with a meaning though is the jingling of car keys and being shown them. When he hears you even more the car keys now he will generally jump up from what he is doing and go and stand by the gate and jump up & down and flap in excitement for what is going to happen next as we have been really working on making sure he enjoys whatever we are going out to do so that going out or the thought of going out isn't a stressful and upsetting thing for him. Unfortunately though this means even if I am trying to nip out by myself even if the keys make the slightest of noise he thinks he is coming with me and will be at the gate and then gets very upset by me leaving, though is generally quickly settled.
The other morning though he was a very cheeky little man! I had left my keys on the table and when we came down in the morning he found them sat on the sofa and started to show them to me and jingle them.. he got rather upset that it doesn't work both ways and that we couldn't go out at 6am! Even with his persistence jingling and running to the gate!
This though was fantastic as really showed to me that he knew exactly what it meant when he was shown the keys and heard their noise! Fantastic! It was doing exactly what we had intended and we had cracked some form of communication!
Now to try to keep going with the nappy one and he will hopefully pick up on that too!