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  •  hmm, let me see (5+ / 0-)

    She was almost four before her first words. She didn't use language communicatively at all until several years later. Her first conversation (in which she said something that was connected to/related to something I said) came around her eighth year. By that time, her echolalia had ended and she had stopped reversing pronouns. All this was gradual.

    While we didn't use any professional intervention, we worked pretty intensively at home in everyday living (because that is the context of real language, after all). I followed the philosophy of the Hanen Center:

    http://www.hanen.org/...

    My strategy was to focus on one thing at a time, and when that was fixed, move on to another thing, etc. Now, at 17, her speech is fine so we're working on other things.

    •  That is so great to hear. (2+ / 0-)
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      I know I have to be realistic and not pin my hopes on that kind of progress, but just knowing that it's possible helps stave off the despair.  I can always say, "Hey, you never know..."

      (-9.62/-6.77) Democratic Socialism: Because evolution really is going somewhere.

      by revelwoodie on Tue Jul 28, 2009 at 08:45:18 AM PDT

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      •  what's kept me going all these years (0+ / 0-)

        I try not to look to far into the future. I just try to focus on that next, small step. All those small steps add up to progress over time, and now that I look back and see how far we've come, it feels good.

        And you really do never know. Professionals who look at a toddler and make predictions about what that individual will be able to do for the rest of their lives are no better than fortune tellers looking into a crystal ball.

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