Annabelle has had a good month. Her wheels are always turning, and it is so funny to listen to her answer questions and tell stories. Some of which are very fictional. However, in most cases, she is very capable of answering questions and telling stories appropriately and truthfully. For example, yesterday I asked her what she had for snack at preschool. She said, “We had carrots and broccoli for snack because it’s healthy and it makes our muscles strong.” Well said, my dear.

During Annabelle’s class’ Valentine’s Day party, the students were split up into different groups and rotated through various activity stations. At one of the stations, the students were asked to put a glittery valentine heart on a spoon, put the handle of the spoon in their mouths, walk around the table, and then drop the valentine into the dish:

Annabelle using her oral motor coordination while playing with her classmates.

At the time, this activity didn’t seem significant to me in any way. But, after looking back at pictures, I realized that I just take times like those for granted. Annabelle’s oral motor coordination, while far from perfect, serves her well. It allows her to communicate with others and play silly games with classmates. Thank you TalkTools!

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Cheers from Lanie and Belle!

Annabelle has Down Syndrome and has been using TalkTools Therapy since she was born. Her story is a great inspiration for parents of a child with Down Syndrome. Follow Miss Annabelle’s journey from the beginning here.

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