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#DSAM2017 Oct 17: Speech. People with Down syndrome appear to have larger tongues. In reality, they just have smaller mouths so it makes the tongue look bigger. It's not uncommon to see our buddies with DS "sticking their tongue out". Imagine trying to learn to talk with a marshmallow stuck to the roof of your mouth. That's what our buddies are up against and it's why they have a difficult time with communication. Especially in the early years. Just like anyone else, some learn to communicate and use words much more than others. This is because the level of intellectual disability varies with the individual. So not only do our buddies have small mouths crowded by a regular sized tongue, it takes them longer to figure out how to use it and form words that the rest of us can understand. Judah will be 12 in 2 days. He pronounces the word twelve as "tells". Just to give an example of how he talks. The best advice I have received from an adult with Down syndrome was "if you can't understand him, JUST LISTEN HARDER" when I asked what advice she would give to a new dad of a little boy with Down syndrome. Ultimately that has become my daily reminder and the title I use for my blog and social media. When you're with our buddies it takes patience, and it's ok if you don't understand what they're saying, they'll get there eventually... just listen harder. #downsyndromeawareness#downsyndromeawarenessmonth#downsyndromeawarenessmonth2017#trisomy21#t21#justlistenharder#speech#jdmcpherson