Ok, ok, back to the bright side......................................... For a child that is unable to utter a word (although he does have a few sounds!) Nick has become fantastically apt at communicating, although only with people he knows extremely well. When he was a wee boy we introduced PEC's (Picture Exchange Communication) and basic sign language. Nick has a large repertoire of signs which he is competent at using, although we don't have the need to use PEC's any more. What he has become good at is the use of 'non verbal communication'. By that I mean, we are able to communicate using the power of facial expression, eye gaze, referencing a person's face and body language to gain information. This doesn't mean to say that Nick can communicate with ease - absolutely not, we have a loooonng way to go!