Archie has given me a helping hand. After describing yesterday how the talker makes it very easy for us to understand new words he gave a fine demonstration of just this today.
Having his usual post-school stroll around google maps Archie zoomed in on his school and ‘nanee’ – yep the ubiquitous ‘nanee’. I had no idea what he was saying. Obviously. ‘Nanee nanee nanee’. And because I hadn’t watched as he zoomed into the school I wasn’t sure which way round it was on the screen so had no idea what he was pointing at. ‘Nanee’. Not much help. The talker made it immediately clear – classroom. A word I have never heard him use before (he may have, nanee of course is many things), a word I didn’t even know that he knew. And notice a new word, and intersubjectivity achieved with no screaming.
Little by little, day by day his language is growing.