My Son Suddenly Stopped Talking And I Wasn’t Sure If He’d Ever Speak Again

My Son Suddenly Stopped Talking And I Wasn’t Sure If He’d Ever Speak Again

At the age of 3, my son suddenly stopped speaking ― for hours, then days, then weeks at a time. It was the winter of 2010, when record snowfalls blanketed Washington, D.C., hushing the normally bustling city streets. Inside our small duplex in the suburbs, things were hushed, too. My son, whose language had developed normally, whose squeaky voice had delighted my husband and me since the moment we first heard it, had gone suddenly, strangely silent. He’d always been a shy child, but he was also a happy, engaged kid who smiled easily and loved to...

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