On October 24, after 1 month and 10 days of ABA Therapy, James said his twin sister's name for the first time. I don't know how to describe it but it was on the level of hearing him call me "Mommy" and call Chris "Daddy". This is how my sister worded it on our Facebook page:
"HUGE NEWS: James said Lily for the first time tonight. Lily who has been by James' side since before he was even born. James called his twin sister by name. All this made possible because of ABA therapy!"
|Lily is Twin A and James is Twin B|
|'Meeting' Each Other on Christmas Eve|
I don't remember when it started but when we were teaching Lily how to say the names of different people we would ask, "Lily, can you say James?" and she would reply, "Brother." And every time we asked her to say James' name she would say "Brother" instead.
Sometimes in the morning I hear her yelling "Brother! Wake up! Wake up, Brother!"
When he does get up before her and I go in to get her, her first question is always, "Where Brudder doe?" (and usually followed by "Where's daddy?").
I don't think Lily realized it when he said it; James was heading back to therapy and we were telling him to say "Bye" to everybody and he said "Bye Lily". It wasn't echolalic (meaning just repeating was he was hearing without understanding it). It was a string of TWO WORDS and he KNEW who he was talking to.
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