A little boy from England didn't speak for the first seven years of his life because of a rare brain condition -- but when he finally did, his relieved mother couldn't have heard three sweeter words.
Tait Sherman, who is now 10, suffers from a brain abnormality called Bilateral Perisylvain Polymicrogyria, which affects the part of the brain that controls language, reports the Mirror. His mother, Reama, says she has fought for years to have her son diagnosed and get him help, but that his condition is so rare an organization doesn't even exist yet to help with treatment.
But after years of help from a specialist speech school, Tait gave his mother a hug one night as she was tucking him in and whispered, "I love you."
"It was the most amazing moment," Reama told the Mirror. "To not be able to communicate with someone that you love most in the world, and not be able to say those words that connect you is just heartbreaking. We would always use sign language to say 'I love you' but one day when I was putting Tait to bed, he pulled me in to hug him and said the words 'uv you.' It was a heart-stopping moment."
Reama also gives credit to a classic children's book called "Guess How Much I Love You?" that she says she often read to him.
"It has been a much-loved book of ours so I would always try to think of a new measure of my love for Tait," Reama said. "I would often include something that he had done that week such as 'I love you a hundred lengths of the swimming pool.'"
Although Tait has been seeing a speech therapist since he was 3, he wasn't properly diganosed until he was 4 and a half. Cognitively, he was on the same grade level as his peers, but struggled at a mainstream elementary school because other students did not know sign language. Tait is able to formulate the same thoughts as other children, but will likely always have trouble making the correct sounds with his mouth.
He is now a student at the Meath School, where work is differentiated and speech and language therapists are present in every class. Reama says her son can now speak in sentences, well enough to be understood.
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