I teared as I read your post about Bob, and using the technique I wrote about in Teaching of Talking. By golly, you are getting it! And you are correct in the assumption that the beauty in the method is that you don’t have to sit down to do an hour of speech therapy. (GAA!) You can just use imbedded questions and tell me phrases all day long at the right time and as the communicative situation dictates. That way you don’t have to sit down for an hour and do boring exercises that do not pertain to real life speaking needs. You stimulate speech and language when it is necessary and that will have much more meaning. Not only that but I believe that as you stimulate speech responses for important everyday events, the speech required in that event should be easier and spontaneously said in future events!
Just make sure you keep stimulating speech in almost every interaction, and making it easy and fun. If it is fun and easy, I do not think anyone with a communication difficulty, unless they are grouchy heads will mind speaking.
Thank you for sharing this inspiring story.
Mark Ittleman, The speech pathologist who can make a rock talk!
PS: There are some other cool methods in The Teaching of Talking Learn to Do Expert Speech Therapy at Home with Children and Adults. You May Want to Review: Please see the Alternative Choice method and the “I’ll tell you about me, if you tell me about you.” I think that will also be fun with Bob!
I love your writing, and dedication to Bob and sharing your voice with the world!………Mark