Lastnight, at a Mom's Night Out within our local Ds community, a mom spoke about her child's ability to become obsessed with things, such as TV shows, certain episodes, a character, whatever, and in her child's defense, several of us recalled having been obsessed with much of the same when we, ourselves, were children. I think it's definitely a very typical thing. I suspect that in people with Down syndrome, however, due to some of the obsessive/compulsive tendencies that come along with that extra chromosome, those obsessions may take a bit longer to outgrow or to move beyond. I mentioned Sammi's obsessions with certain TV shows, requesting to watch particular episodes again and again and again...
Fast forward to this morning, when the stars began to
Samantha, whose obsessions I'm usually fairly happy to indulge, requested, while eating her breakfast, to watch her favorite episode of Arthur, one where Arthur's sister, DW, loses her voice. Pretty much every day for the last few months, Samantha has pretended to lose her voice for a few minutes at a time. I'll pretend I'm happy about how quiet it is, and a few minutes later she'll grin and cheerfully say, "Okay, my voice is back!"
This time, after the episode ended, she did her usual.
But this time she didn't speak again.
She maintained the charade through getting dressed, brushing her teeth, putting on her shoes and coat, getting into the car, driving to school, walking into school, greeting her teachers and classmates (with a wave or a hug, rather than with her usual happy "hello!"), unpacking her backpack...
Not a peep.
It was creepy.
And the thing that made it even more creepy was that she was in a fantastic mood! She was totally happy, not sullen or stubborn.
Just. not. talking.
And trust me, this is a kid that does. not. shut. up.
I put her teachers on high alert, and have been assured that I will receive an e-mail when anything changes. I wonder how long she can keep this up. Will it become some weird thing where she suddenly forgets how to talk after getting so caught up in the game? Will the stubborn gene take over and force her not to relent? Will this be some tragic lesson to us to never take anything for granted agan?
I'll tell you what, though, I'll be checking my e-mail religiously today...
Update: Okay, so I tend to panic when anything strange or out of the ordinary happens. And what happened this morning was definitely strange and out of the ordinary. Fortunately, by the time I got to work and checked my e-mail, there was a message from her teacher titled, "Chatty Cathy is Back." Whew! Did I worry for nothing? Probably, but I think with our chromosomally-enhanced kids, or, honestly, with kids in general, you just never know. I always figure it's better to be safe than sorry, to start strategizing solutions and gathering advice. Thanks for listening!!