Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Amongst all the features, you can get presents from Santa, give Santa cookies and milk, roll a giant snowball over Santa, take a picture of Santa with his friends, be mooned by Santa, make it snow and play Jingle Bells, tickle Santa, and beat him up. Nothing says Merry Christmas like a giant snowball in Santa's face?
Santa also talks back to you. When you vocalize to Santa, the program records your words and plays it back to you in a kind of creepy "Santa" voice.
I shot this video of J-man "talking" to the Talking Santa Program on my IPad. I originally shot it because it was cute... he clearly had learned that it made noise back to him... but then after I watched it I had to wonder:
Is he actually talking to Santa?
If I listen closely, I swear I hear a few words... or vocalizations that come close words. He waits for Santa to respond... and then responds back. And when he adds the gestures, it makes me even more curious. He will often "talk" to us like this... strings of sounds, often vowels, that have a slightly conversational tone to them. It doesn't always feel like it is directed to us. We do get quite a bit of directed one-word speech, usually related to a particular request. But could this type of vocal play actually be his attempt to 'talk' to us? But that the words allude him, or he is unable to even form them?
Is this apraxia?