My daughter is 10yr old and had a dual dx of Autism and Down syndrome. One day on her field trip to the zoo, we were looking at the lions. I decided to explain to her the difference between the male and female lions. I said, “You see the lion with the big mane, well that is a boy lion.” My daughter looked at me like I was crazy and said, “No mom it is a L I O N”, holding out the word to pronounce it correctly as if I wouldn’t understand. She has trouble understanding that animals are boy or girl, they to her are just dog, cat, or in this case, a LION!
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