My son was non verbal til he's 5 (no recognizable words). When he was two I bought alphabets magnets for the refrigerator. He would arrange it to form words like cat, dog, pig...and he can arrange the alphabets from A-Z and Z-A without difficulty. When I found out he can spell, I bought more educational toys.
my son is 2 1/2 and his st thinks he s hyperlexic. we cant prove it, but he loves anything with letters and runs his fingers along the words like he is reading it. he has to "read" the labels on all his food drinks. we have the Apple first words app on my iphone and he spells all the words with no problem and very quick without any hints turned on.
When my son was 2 we bought some Alphabet flash cards, we would ask him where a certain letter was and he would point to it. One day he was playing with some letter blocks and he spelled the word Lions gate across the floor. He had memorized this word from his Barney show (Lions gate is the production company). After that we added written words to his picture board for and labeled everything in our house. He has an incredible memory actually learned these sight words very fast. We could write down a group of words ..ex. door, window , bed, and bottle. Then we would ask him to point to which one said bottle. ect. We only introduced words to him that he could understand at that point (Nouns) . We did not have him memorize any verbs, adjectives, pronouns or possessive pronouns for these are abstract concepts that he did not understand and we did not want him to not understand what he was reading. He started spelling words with plastic letters, like his name and other words that he was learning to speak. We just kept on like this while his speech developed. when he started to talk more we taught him letter sounds and he eventually started to sound out new words.Now that he is five , verbal , and understands abstract concepts ,he is actually able to read very well. He is in a TK class and reads and spells at a second grade level.
I play a game with my daughter (4 yrs old and semi verbal, not conversational) where I lay out her dvd book and she can pick one she wants. When she hands it to me, I say, "what's this" and she tells me what the disk is based on the picture on it, and then we watch it. She does well with it, its great for bringing out words. The funny thing I've noticed is when the disks just have writing on them, she says what they are too! She pointed to the word Dora tonight and said "Dora". I just think its fascinating that a non verbal kid can actually read!! They are smarter than we think sometimes!! It's all there, its just finding the key to get it out of them.
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