...but that doesn't mean that Carter will be any less excited about his brother's big day.
Carter is older than Jack by 18 1/2 months, but in many ways Jack plays the role of older brother. Jack is one of Carter's favourite people in the world: his best friend, his sidekick, his playmate, his ally. The two have always had a special bond.
Will it bother Jack that Carter can't say Happy Birthday to him like everybody else does? Not at all. He'll eagerly accept one of Carter's famous bear hugs in place of a spoken message. Jack will let Carter help him open his presents without complaint. And if Carter expresses something on his talker, Jack will patiently listen with interest to what he has to say.
Not being able to talk means not being able to speak the words, 'Happy Birthday' to your brother. But actions can speak louder than words. With my boys I see that every day.
What are you communicating with your actions?
Disclaimer: Views in the Not Being Able to Speak series are derived from my personal experience with Carter. I do not speak on behalf of others with complex communication needs. It is not my intent to minimize or disregard the power of expression that can be found through the use of augmentative and alternative forms of communication.