- Drivers who don’t use a turn signal
- People who drink directly out of the milk/orange juice container
- Made up car names that are not even real words
- Couples who sit on the same side of the booth when there is no one on the other side
- People who sit next to you on public transportation even when there are other seats available
- Noisy eaters
“Mouth noises” drove my mother crazy. You know what I mean, those funny noises that kids make when they are bored using their mouths. Those noises were like fingernails on a chalkboard to her.
What are your pet peeves? What are the pet peeves of the person who has had a stroke or experienced a brain injury? What is this topic doing on a blog about AAC?
Well, pet peeves can be something we share to interact with someone else and to express aspects of who we are. Pet peeves may also need to be expressed to avoid anxiety or frustration on the part of the augmented communicator. On Tobii Dynavox devices, address this by:
- Adding a list of pet peeves in the About Me topic and don’t forget to include a question for the communication partner, “What are your pet peeves?” or “What drives you crazy?”
- Including comments or requests regarding pet peeves in the appropriate topic in which they might be used (“He didn’t even use his turn signal!” – car, “They are sitting on the same side of the table. Why do people do that?” – restaurant, “Will you try to eat more quietly?” – mealtime, “Please use a glass next time!” – kitchen). Of course, the level of politeness will depend on who the augmented communicator is talking with and their typical style of interaction.
Now, will you stop snapping your gum? It’s driving me crazy!