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#48188 May 19th, 2007 at 09:53 PM
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My son, Ted doesn't talk. He can talk but won't. He has Down syndrome and is thirteen years old.
I have a couple of theories about his speech problems. One of my theories is that he has dyslexia. When he was very young he would say most things backwards. I would say "cup". Ted would say "puck". "Ball" was "lob", "up" was "pa" and so on. The experts didn't care for my theory and never followed up.
My second theory is that Ted is a bit of a perfectionist, almost obsessive/compulsive. He can hear that he is not speaking clearly so refuses to speak at all.
Today he brought a Coke for me to open for him. Not a skill I am eager to teach him to do on his own. I opened it and he gave me a kiss. I said "I love you". As Ted walked away he said "Fool".
Fool is his way of saying "love". I don't mind being a fool for my Ted.


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Sometimes saying so little can mean so much kissie


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Thank you Tina for sharing that with us! He sounds so sweet.
Isn't it amazing how easily Mothers can understand their children when so called 'experts' can't?!!


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Your not supposed to bawl, Triss. I was just sharing, in article form, a tiny segment of being Ted's mom. It is a warm and fuzzy feeling most of the time to be me.


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Tina - that is so sweet - thank you so much for sharing this piece of your lives with us.
Ted is indeed, a very special boy!


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Ohh Tina that is wonderful ~~ Thru a Mother/ Child's Love communication finds a way ~from the heart [Linked Image] kissie


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That is so wonderful Tina! Thank you for sharing with us!

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Oh how sweet that is Tina, love is spoken in so many different ways, isn't it? a WONDERFUL son you have there!


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