Three Little Words That Mean So Much: I Wuf Oo

Rose Godfrey   February 7, 2016   No Comments

Words do not come easily for this child. Low muscle tone affects every part of communication. Apraxia, a difficulty planning motor movements, often impairs his ability to repeat or initiate what he wants to say.

Dominic responds well to fingerplays and rhymes, and I use them to help him learn to find his words. The natural rhythms, the routine, the anticipation, all these things work together to help him be successful at stating the target words.

Spontaneous speech comes after much practice, as each word is attempted, then repeated, then tried again.

Today before naptime, we ran through all his favorites: The Itsy Bitsy Spider, Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed, Five Little Monkeys Swinging in a Tree, and Pat-a-Cake. He asked for Itsy Bitsy Spider again before finally commencing to snuggle up.

His thumb popped out of his mouth: “Dance!” he commanded.

“First sleep. Then dance.” I said.

We snuggled in again.

“Mom! Dance!” he tried again.

“First sleep. Then dance.” I said.

He popped his thumb back in his mouth and began pulling on his eyelashes with the other hand, a sure-fire sign that he was about to succumb to slumber. I closed my eyes to encourage him.

“Mom! Mom!” he said. This time, he patted my face to make sure I was paying attention.

I opened my eyes.

“I wuf oo. Mom,” he said. Along with each word was a sign: “I love you. Mom.”

If there is anything more beautiful, I don’t know what it is.

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About Rose Godfrey

Rose Godfrey is a speech pathologist and mom. Her son, Dominic, is the inspiration for the Trisomy 21 Club blog. Rose writes about homeschooling, travel, parenting, Down syndrome, and sourdough. Yes, it's an eclectic mix. She has written four books: Start Homeschooling Today: No Experience Required, Sourdough Simplicity, The Pig in the Pantry and Other Homeschool Tales, and Don’t Put Headphones on the Cat.

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