|Cover (two shots in InstaPicFrame).|
This is in a fun illustrated comic book format covering Helen from around the time of Anne's arrival in Alabama to their departure from Perkins School for the Blind. I love how Lambert, supported by the cinematic experience of comics, cut in and out between Helen's progress and Annie's memories of her own childhood.
My favorite thing to note is how the illustrator portrayed visually, perhaps toward the abstract, how Helen must have perceived her experiences before and during language development. His illustrated interpretation of Helen's perspective of her environment was surprising and fascinating to me.
|Here, Helen learns that the object is "D-O-L-L".|
|"The idea always precedes the word." |
Helen is illustrated as connecting a small rock with the word,
"small rock". (InstaPicFrame)
The other big avenue of concept-building I know of is Routines. That's where you can sign/provide object cues consistently he may soon connect a part or all of the routine to what is being signed into his hand/on his body and/or object he found in the "now" box/presented to him. For example, I alway sign "eat" on his mouth before he eats and most of the time I give him a spoon, his object symbol for "eat". (Hello, what about routines, Mom?! Spoon ALL the time.) And then his activity is eating, his FAVORITE! With children like my son our mantra has to be "Concept Before Words"!