Picture board advice? - Updated
We're trying a picture board for my son who is a year and a half. We're also working on sign language, which isn't going too well.
What I did, being that he's so young, is I took pictures of the basic things that he needs and wants; milk cup, water/juice cup, diaper, food, snack, books & toys and I laminated them, stuck magnets to the back and put them up on a magnetic white board that he can reach. I don't think that he would be able to translate any generic pictures into what they mean for him (ie: a milk jug = a drink of milk), so I kept it very specific to him.
I don't exactly expect him to catch on to this concept. I'm mostly expecting to find these things in the heating vents and garbage, but I'm going to try it anyway.
So this morning, I introduced him to the board and he started exploring it. He loves it. Immediately after it was time for a poopy diaper change, so I handed him the picture of the diaper and said "diaper" a bunch of times and patted his bottom. This just resulted in a huge melt down because he wanted to continue playing with the picture board instead of getting a diaper change. I don't even know if he knows when he needs a diaper.
Anyway...is there a better way that I should be approaching this? Does anyone have any advice?