6 Years 2 Months: Tonsillectomy


Two awesome things happened this month. First, we were able to meet with Monica Mitchell, our TalkTools therapist, for multiple hours AND Annabelle had her tonsils and adenoids removed! It was great to spend time with Monica and to touch base on all of our oral motor efforts. Annabelle has made great strides in all areas of her speech over the years, however Monica (along with our ENT) felt like her constant drainage is really starting to get in the way of her progression. The constant drainage and stuffiness causes Annabelle to breathe out of her mouth because she her nose is so plugged up which then causes open mouth posture which then affects the development of her palate, jaw, mouth, etc which then in turn prohibits correct coordination of lips, tongue, and jaw movements which are mandatory for clear speech. Basically, in order for Annabelle to be able to move forward, we need to help clear up her constant congestion. We understand that the removal of tonsils and adenoids does not help everyone, but we were willing to give it a shot.

It has only been two days since Annabelle's operation, and she is not feeling great. We have to keep up on those pain meds or she gets pretty uncomfortable. She is typically a great eater, but is not wanting to eat much so I have been giving her anything that sounds good. This morning it was cashew milk triple fudge chocolate ice cream for breakfast! Hopefully, I will have great results to report next month.

Much love,
Lanie & Annabelle






Annabelle has been using TalkTools since she was born. Her story is a great inspiration for parents of a child with Down Syndrome. Follow Miss Annabelle’s journey from the beginning here.
More videos are available on TalkTools YouTube channel.

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  • Fehmina

    What is best procedure to sterilize the talk tool.
    One thing more are these talking tools safe for more than one person when they are using the same tools.

  • B

    I love reading these updates, and seeing how well Annabelle is doing. Will there be another one soon?

  • Evelyn Rodriguez

    Mi hija tiene un sindrome que se llama angelman y a raiz de su primera convulsion ella dejo de decir palabras eso fue a los 5 años desde esa fecha ella ya no dice nada y luego ella volvio a convulsionar a los 6 años y comenzo a respirar por la boca como en el caso de Anabelle en relidad nos han dicho que eso de respirar por la boca es conductual pero si nos entristece ya que eso ha afectado su salud.

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