Janey: I want Saw Sing. Can you say please?
Me: What is Saw Sing?
Janey: CAN YOU SAY PLEASE!
Me: I know you want Saw Sing, but I don't know what that is. (flash of recognition) Do you mean Sock Thing, from Kipper? (Kipper's sock toy)
Janey: I WANT SAW SING!
Me: Is Sock Thing Kipper? Do you want Kipper?
Janey: Do you want Saw Sing Kipper? (which means, yes, I do want Sock Thing Kipper)
Me: Okay, I'll put that on.
Take a different thing Janey wants, and that is our conversation in a nutshell. It changes very, very little. Only one other variation really exists, which we had last night...
Janey: (loud crying and screaming)
Me: Can you tell me what's wrong, sweetie?
Janey: CAN YOU TELL ME WHAT'S WRONG?
Me: Are you angry, or sad, or mad, or hungry? (Janey is often soothed by this list)
Janey: DO YOU HAVE ANGRY FEELINGS?
Me: I'm sorry you have angry feelings. What would make you feel better?
Janey: Do you want a bath?
Me: A bath would make you feel better? Okay, we'll have a bath.
Janey: We'll have a bath. Pull the curtain. (pull back the shower curtain)
That one was shortened for clarity and to edit out the long periods of it that were just hysterical crying.
This might give an idea of what Janey's talking is like. She talks, but it's very limited talking. It's repeating back things and asking for things, with rare little additions like "Pull the curtain" But it does get the point across, sometimes after a little work. I wish she could talk to tell me about her day, or comment on things that interest her, or just chat, but I am very, very grateful she can talk at all. I wish I knew how to expand her talking, but so far, nothing seems to do that well. For now, we'll take what we can get.