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Posted by Frances on April 12, 2000 at 20:43:20:

In Reply to: Talking and Down syndrome posted by Carolyn on March 23, 2000 at 22:47:26:

:s 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 [email protected] Thanks!

My 4 year old daughter also has down's syndrome and has been in early intervention since 8 months old. I see that you've really done so much to help your son. Have you had his hearing checked? My daughter is constantly exposed to language and I am continuously stressing on her to repeat what I say or ask and she is speaking now in 3 and some 4 word sentences. I have phonics tapes for her and basically do whatever the speech therapist does in school. She receives speech three times a week and we also read every night. I find that doing things repetitively with her have really benefited her and her 3 year old sister as well, who is really a talker. Maybe you can video tape yourself doing the alphabet and saying words, or make books with him so he can use it as a speech book and take it with him in the car, etc. Good Luck, let me know if you need any other help. You can also go to moms on line or the keyword MO and there is a special needs site. Perhaps you can get in touch with someone in your same situation with some other ideas. I would also try taperecording your voice and having him listen to it and repeat the words. Make a game out of it and have his other siblings join in!

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