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More than words

For years Ben was frustrated because he was unable to express himself, but communication aids have helped to transform his life and enabled him to gain more independence. Suzanne Fry reports: Ben Treadwell was born a healthy baby but when he was slow to learn to walk and failed to speak his parents, Harry and Dodo, knew there was something different about their son. It was not until Ben was five that he was finally diagnosed with a learning disability, which was suspected to have been caused by a case of the measles when he was five months old. “For


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