It has been a long time, since I have written of my grandson Marty who has DS. Life just gets in the way:) Marty is in school now, first grade!! He is writing his name!! Using scissors!! Spelling!! Though still not completely verbal, he has many tools he uses to communicate. There is a binder sorted by word types and topics he used last year. He loves technology so the communication tool this year is right up his alley. It is an upgrade from the binder but still using the layering of word types and pictures. (Pictures of Marty and family members can be added.) He still relies mainly on vocal sounds which is great. Hope is that the Karaoke machine he received at Christmas will exercise his vocal chords and encourage practice of sounds. He loves to help vacuum, so he got a small vacuum cleaner too. He loves his family so completely but sometimes likes to admonish his brother or sister for a wrongdoing. I still love that he greets me with a palm up and a shout of MAH! Such a treasure!! If you have a grandchild with down syndrome do not be afraid, do not worry too much, just love and watch the growth and progress they make at their own speed.