I have always wondered about Tristan’s likes or dislikes of things. Sometimes it is obvious and other times it… leaves me wondering.
I can tell by his non-verbal communication that he thinks all the time. I have asked him in different ways what his favorite color is. I don’t even know if he has one or several. The methods I have used: choice of 2 colors, flash cards, and his communication device. Still he seems to not answer this question. Then last week something amazing happened!
Last week Tash, our respite worker, and I were taking care of Tristan. As Tristan was relaxing on the couch he asked for a red blanket. I stood there puzzled. I could not remember having a red blanket! I looked around his room. Tash remembered we have one blanket that had a section of maroon. I took that one out of the closet and gave it to him. Tristan looked disappointed. That was obviously not the red blanket he wanted! I told him I don’t have any red blankets.
The following day Tristan wanted a red shirt. Together we looked at all the shirts in his closet. It was apparent he was looking for a specific shirt. I stood their in amazement. He pulled out a red shirt and put it on.
Then it happened again.
I think red could be his favorite color-or at least for a few days.
Enjoy another amazing communication moment from our home!