Bird teaches child to talk

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Subject: Bird teaches child to talk
From: "Terry Bishop" <>
Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2007 11:07:34 +1000
Enough of the Lyre Bird copying people sounds. Here is a story on a bird
teaching a 4 year old autistic child to talk.
Terry B
Orange, NSW

Dylan Hargreaves, four, is autistic and suffers severe learning difficulties.
Until recently, he never uttered a single word. But several few months ago, his
parents added a three-year-old blue-and-gold macaw to the family. They named him
Barney, and suddenly, Dylan began to speak, repeating words that the parrot
After being tutored by Barney the parrot, Dylan says "Night, night", "Dad",
"Mum", "Ta", "Hello" and "Bye". 
"Barney has changed our lives. Before he arrived, Dylan would try to speak, but
the sound came out as a noise," said Dylan's mother, Michelle. 
"The we got Barney and, a few months later, Dylan began to talk. It was only the
odd word, but I could clearly understand what he said.
"Every time I gave the bird something to say, Dylan started trying to say the
same thing. I think it's because the bird says things slower than me, which
helps Dylan understand. 
Michelle believes that her son will soon be saying "Barney", because he loves
his companion so much


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