A World with Words

 For years, I have had to tell people that my son is nonverbal.

 "Oh, he doesn't talk."

 "He can't talk."

I have spent countless hours worrying, wondering, praying..."will he ever talk?"

We have lived a world with no words. Lots of noises. Sounds. Screams. Laughs....but no words.

I have always known that there is a chance that he will never talk...and that hurts my SLP heart...and breaks my Mommy heart.

Then I realized that I just wanted him to communicate with me. If that's with his AAC device, I am perfectly happy with that. I really, truly am. To known his wants and needs. To know his thoughts. Just to hear him comment on things. 

LAMP Words for Life has given him the ability to do that. And with his communication with his device has come something else....spoken words. He amazes me every day. He is echoing what we say. Echoing his device.

Tonight, as we watched a video about sharks, he quietly whispered, "shark." He is saying more and more recently, and it still gets me every single time. Little moments like this give me hope that we will one day live in a world with words.


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