Being the mom of two kiddos who rock an extra chromosome and who are 100% nonverbal has made me a quasi expert at reading people. In order to overcome what could quickly turn to mutiny, it became necessary for me to anticipate their thoughts before they could even think them. I never have been much of a people-watcher, but because of this acquired skill, I’m much more aware of non verbal queues and human behavior. When your daily survival requires mind reading (no exaggeration), you pay much closer attention to those things that make no sound at all.
Even though I interact constantly with Hope and Charlie, I still can’t imagine what it must be like to be non verbal and to have no real independence. They don’t know any different, of course, but I still believe if I didn’t have a voice, I’d be pretty frustrated a lot…
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