I so admire Fautina's willingness to adjust her communication with her son (a post in and of itself!):
My two year old son is a little behind in his speech. Someone suggested I take photos of his favorite foods and put them on the fridge so that he could point out what he wanted to eat. I got some photo holder magnets and put in a few foods to start, once I realized how wonderful of an idea it was I quickly began taking photos of every food that he eats at home. I only keep the photos on the fridge of foods that we have currently on hand, that I’m willing to make, or that are appropriate for the time of day (no ice cream photo at breakfast). While I took photos of most of the foods myself (I am a photographer) it was just as easy to find some online, or to even cut out pictures from packaging.
This has been so wonderful because my son can really show me what he wants. It also gives us a chance to talk about the foods that he chooses (hopefully developing his language skills). Without this hack I would have never known that what my son really wanted to eat at 5 am was a bowl of pasta that we had made for dinner the night before – he ate the whole bowl!