Maria constructed her first understandable sentence this evening!
Her vocab has been increasing steadily over the last few months and we’ve heard her contruct unintelligable sentences using her vocab such as "wada wada Daddy" or "isista star".
There are sounds and made up words she uses so regularly that we know what they mean, unfortunately the one that springs to mind is "Dut!" which is definately a swear-word as she tends to spit out with some venom. She gets a bit mixed up with some words and says "pat" instead of tap and then there’s some simplification of tricky but life critical words such as yoghurt being expressed as "gug".
As well as Mummy and Daddy she calls my Mum ‘Nana’ and the first non member of the family to be acknowledged was her boyfirend Archie who she called "Arch" when she opened the front door to him the other day. Maria’s mates tend to call her "Ria"
She’s been saying "What’s that?" for a while but that doesn’t count as a first sentance because she thinks it’s a single word and indeed it’s more like "wotsat?" than a "What’s that?"
Tonight’s sentence included a noun and verb although I couldn’t tell you the exact form of the verb she was using (I only got a grade ‘c’ in my English ‘O’ level). The remarkable thing is that the sentence was constructed entirely of understandable english words that she has used in isolation before but she chose to join them together this evening to form something more substantial and significant.
Maria was instantly understood and instantly rewarded so we hope to hear the words "Cake please!" repeated again soon.