Saturday, January 28, 2006
My friend Amy recommended that I buy a V-Smile for Griffin so I went to Wal-Mart and compared it to the Leapster. The Leapster cost half as much but didn't have the cartridges to go with it that Griffin would like. V-Smile however, had Elmo's World, Nemo, and Blue's Clues all of which Griffin absolutely adores. I must admit that I was a bit concerned about him playing with a video game and actually learning from it but sure enough Amy was right on target. Griffin said for the first time, " Hi, it's me Griffin". The most amazing part of that is that he used the word "me" in a sentence and said it while patting his chest emphasizing the word at the same time. He was saying it because Elmo was saying "Hi, it's me Elmo" and Griffin actually adapted the pharse and used it properly. Way to go buddy! It looks as though it not only holds his interest and he learns from it, but it is challenging enough for him that he keeps going back for more. The nice part is that he is able to let go of it when it is time to change activities. That says a lot about his level of maturity and the great progress that he has made.