There has been a noticeable increase in effective requesting recently by M. using various modes: physical action (dragging us to the door!); objects (presenting us with a bottle of squash to show she wants a drink); PECS and sometimes speech. In the spirit of the 'Total Communication' approach (see here) I am acknowledging and accepting all of the above. PECS is most systematically used for food/drink and to request nursery rhymes on the piano: the music choice board has been a great success.
Yesterday there was a lovely example of objects combined with speech: M. went over to the DVD collection, selected her favourite one and presented it to me. I went to put it in the DVD player but apparently wasn't quick enough because she shouted impatiently 'Come on! Come on!' Not polite, perhaps, but good use of functional language!