Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Quest for a New Word

With all due respect to those who believe there is no such thing as a normal child, I do believe there is a "normal." AND that my Snugglebug does not fit in that category.

A normal child goes to the park, Snugglebug goes to Specialists (6 to be exact).
A normal child goes on playdates, Snugglebug goes to therapy (3 hours a week to be exact).

A normal child does not have to be prodded to move forward in development. It just happens.

So, while the word normal is not the best word to use, I am at a loss for what to use to describe our situation. A Dup Group parent suggested the terms neuro-typical and neuro-atypical to describe their two different developing children, one of whom has 7q11.23 duplication and one who does not. I like the terms. They seem to fit the definition.

So, until I find a better way to describe sweet babies who need extra love, extra help, and extra supervision, I'll be using neur-atypical.

I'm open for suggestions.

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