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Posted by Carolyn on March 23, 2000 at 22:47:26:

My nine year old son, who has Down syndrome, is not
speaking yet. Receptively he understands everything and currently communicates with signs and gestures.
He began Early Intervention at six weeks and since
then we've done everything from private speech lessons,
in addition to his speech lessons in school, to
Developmental Specialists, Speech Pathologists, ENTs,
and anything else we could think of. He has alot of
skills and is very clever, but his communication is
limited. We always use language with the signing
and he knows alot of signs, but it's not the same as
being able to talk. I'm starting to lose hope that
he'll ever talk. He has said some words, but he doesn't seem to continue to say them even though he
gets alot of positive reinforcement. He tries so
hard and can make some beginning sounds, but it seems so difficult for him. I'd love to get in touch
with someone who has a similar experience or if
there is anyone out there who could offer advice I
would appreciate it. My son is in a fully
included school setting and has an older and younger
sibling, so he has plenty of exposure and role-modeling. You can write back here or e-mail me
directly at Cshw5@aol.com Thanks!



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