Sarah Smith of California is your typical mom. However, she is speaking out with her story with the hope that other parents won’t feel so alone and afraid. She is determined to speak up and let people know that she is committed to finding an answer for what she believes could turn into a catastrophic problem for parents around the world.
“We couldn’t wait until our daughter, Lucy, started talking. You know what I mean?” Sarah told newspapers yesterday. “I worked diligently with her from birth, talking and singing to her constantly. We read all the books, all the time. I was determined for her to talk before any of our friends’ kids. Not that I’m competitive at all!” She laughed nervously, wringing her hands.
The Smith’s couldn’t have predicted what would happen next.
“I couldn’t believe it when she said her first word…dada. I mean, I was sure that she would say Mama because, obviously.” However, once Sarah got over the trauma of that first word she states that Lucy just kept on incorporating new words into her vocabulary. Before they knew it she was talking in full sentences and was talking all the time. According to both parents, Lucy’s condition has only worsened as she has gotten older. “Suddenly, I would hear her talking in her room, in the bathroom, and, sometimes, even while she’s asleep.”
Sarah and her husband, Sam became concerned with their daughter’s inability to stop talking. They started keeping a logbook to keep track of how often Lucy was speaking. “We gave up eventually.” Sarah stated with her head hung in shame. “We just couldn’t keep track and we became physically exhausted.”
The Smith’s refused to give up and took Lucy to the top doctors in their state. However, the endless visits proved futile and the professional’s all told her the same thing. Lucy was a perfectly normal four-year-old.
But, Sarah refuses to stop seeking answers. “A mother has a special intuition, when it comes to her kids.” She told reporters. “I know something is wrong. I mean, surely she can’t possibly talk ALL the time. Surely she can’t tell us the names of EVERY Shopkin EVER made EVERY SINGLE DAY without our heads exploding. Surely being stuck in a car for twenty minutes shouldn’t make my ears bleed.”
At the time this story was printed Sarah and Sam are still seeking emotional and financial support. “We know we can’t be alone in our fight. As parents, we can ban together and find silence again. It’s out there. It has to be.”