Quieting a talker during story time

by beagooddad on October 27, 2009

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Pookie has been quieter than normal recently. He had a head cold that left him a little drained. For whatever reason, his echolalia diminished quite a bit during these last few days. Yesterday, however, it was back and strong as ever.

He chattered while playing with his toys. He chattered during dinner. He chattered while getting ready for bed. And then he started chattering during our story time.

We were reading Clifford’s First Halloween. Getting ready for the weekend, you know.

There was no way that Geetle and Giggles could pay attention with Pookie making his own noises. I asked him to be quiet a few times like I normally do. Normally it works well and when it doesn’t we normally have a quick story time.

He didn’t seem to be able to stop talking so I asked him to read the story to us. Without hesitation, he plowed right through the rest of the book.

I can’t believe I haven’t thought of channeling his need for talking into having him read us the night time stories.

I have had informal conversations with Pookie’s teachers about the difficulties we might face when Pookie starts mainstreaming. One of the areas they always mention is that he will not be able to consistently stay quiet during story time or other moments like that. I wonder what he would do if a teacher asked him to read a book out loud to the class.

photo credit: kevindooley

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