April 20, 2007

Parrot teaches boy to talk

Posted in Autism, Biology, Education, Family, Life, Nature at 11:00 pm by deadlikeme

parrot.jpgDylan Hargreaves is a four year old, autistic boy. He has severe learning difficulties and had never uttered a single word. But then macaw Barney came along.

It took a few month, but now Dylan can say “Night, night”, “Dad”, “Mum”, “Ta”, “Hello” and “Bye”.

Speech therapist Dr. Hazel Roddham of the University of Lancashire said: “A child with learning difficulties might benefit from the bird’s slow repetition of words.

Macawas are the largest species in the parrot family. Most of them are endangered in the wild.

The Sun Article

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