Emmett and I had an actual conversation today. I think this is the first time we have conversed. It was very short and very simple. Yesterday Emmett fell and scraped his knee. I asked him if it still hurt. He said Yes, then reminded me that he fell yesterday and cried.
This conversation took quite a bit of time. Emmett has to think very hard when he speaks. His words come out very slowly and deliberately. You have to listen very hard because most of his words are still pretty hard to understand. Yesterday he showed his dad his new Transformer and actually said the word. RIchard didn't catch it though because he said each syllable seperately, with a big pause in between. (It sounded like three words, but if you strung them together they mostly sounded like Transformer.)
Again, I am reminded to Slow Down. Emmett needs me to stop, look him in the eye and let him finish his thought. It is all too easy for me to put words in his mouth, to speak for him. This will not help us reach our ultimate goal.
Slow down. Breathe. Listen.