Lets talk about speech!
You probably already know that one big area that children with Down syndrome struggle with is speech.
Arina is really struggling with speech, and its making me crazy! Its not making me crazy because she has down syndrome and so its a given that she's going to struggle. It almost seems like with her, that its just simply laziness! Even though I have a 7 year old with Down syndrome, I feel like a new DS mom with Arina.
And I have a lot of questions, and a lot of the same frustrations I've been seeing in other moms for 7 years now
The good thing is that we have no problems with communication. She signs so well that we always know what she wants. Although I love signing, I wish she would just use those words and talk! Her speech therapist says she will form her mouth into the first letter of the word, but she still uses nasal grunting and signing. That's exactly what she does at home as well. I'm not sure if I can say that she has even one word, because all of the words are beginnings, like ba or ma.
The other day we were sitting in the front room waiting for the bus. Arina picked up one of the boys books, it had a picture of a ghost on the front. She would scream, ahhhhh, throw the book, run to the corner of the room, and put her hands on her belly and move it in and out like she was panting. How she knew this kind of pretend play, I'm not sure. She is such a smart little cookie, why won't she talk?
Another thing we know about most DS kido's is they are stubborn as all get out! I know this is why Arina isn't talking. Nothing else is stopping her. She is just happy and content where she is, although she has gotten upset a few times when we can't figure out her sign and what she wants.
Her speech therapist and I will just keep on pushing this stubborn little thing, and I'm sure once she starts, she won't ever be quiet again! But that's ok with me!
Next discussion....discipline and the crazy preschooler! Ei Ei Ei!!