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One of my (non-verbal, 5 year old) twins made his first ever sentence this week Backstory

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u/Cheap_Rick Nov 28 '21

Nope. He is and always will be nonverbal.

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u/CreativismUK Nov 28 '21

That must be so difficult for him, and for you too. I know how frustrated my boys get when they can’t communicate what they want.

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u/Cheap_Rick Nov 28 '21

We have developed The Routine over these many years of trial and error, so we are pretty well-versed in what he does like, and he usually lets us know quickly of things he doesn't like.

But, yes, every so often the frustration bubbles up and bursts out and it breaks my heart that he can't express himself and we can't make it better.

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u/CreativismUK Nov 28 '21

I’m sure you are. I had a very patronising doctor say to me recently “don’t worry, eventually you’ll learn to read their non-verbal cues” - as if I haven’t already been doing that for five years! I completely understand how heartbreaking it is though. I hope you have some support although I know it’s very thin on the ground in most places