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Chapter 23: Communication is the Key
(by NativeRose, added on 8 June 2004 07:24 PM)

Zachary ran toward the door, screaming and flailing his arms.
"What does that mean? asked inquisitive Jenna.
"He just wants to go out for recess. He speaks to me in his own way." He grabbed Anela's hand, and tugged her toward the playground.
Zack had been going to a speech/language pathologist. Jenna thought he did fun stuff, like suck pudding through a straw. Miss Anela said that was to help him use his muscles.
"Do you want to swing?" He babbled at her.
"Use your words,"
"Yeah," he said hesitantly. This was the first word he learned to speak.
"Very good! Oh, I'm so proud of you!" Zachary had learned so much in the first month of school. He now babbled using baby talk like syllables. This was the first step in learning to speak. He was discovering what sounds he could make using his tongue, teeth, and lips. He was just beginning to explore different sounds, and Anela hoped this would continue throughout the year. She loved to see his little face brighten when he learned a new sound.

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