Lance came into this world at 32 weeks and weighing in at just 5lbs. Within 24 hours he dropped to 4lbs but after just 1 week we took our tiny baby home. He didn’t eat solids until he was 3 due to swallowing issues and didn’t walk until 4. He was nonverbal until 4 1/2 when he began scripting. By age 5 he was functionally scripting and between 6 & 7 the scripting began to leave and true speech emerged.
Until Friday scripting had basically disappeared. On our 3 hr trip down to Norfolk, Lance carried on a 15-minute monologue (scripting) and when he finished I said, “what was that?”
Lance: Mom, the need is still there, I just do it in my head so no one can hear me. It helps me organize my thoughts into words.
–Alicia Frye, Spectrum Parent Mom
What is Scripting?
“It has a purpose: to share meaning, it has a social intent and an expression of feelings and/or experiences from their own world of knowledge. Our kids don’t yet have the language in terms of content, ideas, knowledge about the world, grammar, and structure. It may be considered a problem with language comprehension and may not be as expected or considered appropriate from our perspective.”