More Than Words, the meaning behind the name...
I love music. I love to listen to it, and I love to collect it. I love expanding my iTunes library with songs from different genres. There is a popular '90s love ballad called More Than Words by Extreme, but the name for this blog didn't come to me while listening to my retro playlist.
It didn't come to me while reminiscing about a place in time when two naive, newbie parents were encouraged to attend an early language intervention program. The program itself was called, More Than Words and it offered strategies on how to deal with a late talking child. My hubby and I were the naive, newbie parents and our son, Carter was the late talking child. He was 2 1/2 years old at the time - a real cutie-patootie. A very quiet cutie-patootie. He still wasn't talking, or babbling.
Carter is 14 years old now - still a cutie-patootie and still non-verbal. He relies on More Than Words to communicate. He uses AAC (augmentative and alternative communication) which includes body language, facial expressions, pointing, gesturing, sign language, picture symbols and a voice output device or talker.
To me, this blog is about More Than Words on a page. It's about remembering and recording things that are important to me. It's about sharing. It's about connecting with others. It's about advocating. And it's about crafting my Words into something interesting, creative, memorable, and (possibly) helpful.
Carter's Words and his unique way of expressing them will be largely what I write about, but I'll also write about my other two kids once in a while. Oh, and Carter's service dog, Bentley likes to weigh in on life with our family so you'll get to hear from him too. Click here to read what he's had to say so far. Click here to read more about Carter.
My teaching career was put on hold when my husband and I decided to start a family. During my 10+ years as a SAHM, I started writing. Eventually, I created this blog which allowed me to follow in the footsteps of my favourite bloggers by sharing my experiences and building connections with those who relate to what I write about.
Communication is so much More Than Words!
Communication is a basic human right.