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June 1st, 2013 03:04 PM #11Senior Member
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I would consider pronunciation issues even more than I do already. I would opt for something short, easy to say, recognizable. If I had a love for longer, frillier names (which I do not) I would consider something like Catherine which is so familiar or Elizabeth. Plus they can nn to something short & cute like Kit or Lizzie.
June 2nd, 2013 01:48 AM #13
I grew up near a child with quite a severe case of Down Syndrome. He really couldn't speak much. I can only guess what it stood for, but he always went by A.J.. It suited him perfectly and it really meant a lot that he could say his name. In his case, that was worth way more than flow, meaning, sib-sets, popularity, or anything else. I would choose a name that was simple, straight forward, easy to say/pronounce/spell, but wouldn't keep him/her from reaching his potential.Mom to Henry, Mollie, Gideon, and expecting Clark Ebenezer in November.
June 2nd, 2013 02:57 PM #15Senior Member
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It's not something I've ever considered but I'd probably stick with my name choices because they're pretty simple to say and spell anyway for the most part. If I had a liking for frillier, longer names I'd make sure there was a good nickname that I'd be happy to use and that would be easier for my child and their friends. I had a speech impediment as a child though and I know there were sounds I struggled to say for several years - I don't remember what they were but I'm sure my mum would remember, so if I knew my child would likely have speech/learning problems at birth I'd probably look at names with easier sounds in them. A lot of things take a while to diagnose though, like autism, so a child would have already been named by that point.
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June 2nd, 2013 03:17 PM #17
Going along with what the others said about making sure the name (or nickname) is easily pronounceable, I might also want to adjust my name choice to something that has has a special meaning of sentiment given the situation.
June 2nd, 2013 03:32 PM #19Senior Member
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This is something I have thought about, and I find myself agreeing with the original poster. I think I would feel inclined to give a strong, easily pronounced, popular name. Even though we as name nerds love all kinds of names, including uncommon, unique, and intricate names, I think it's harder for real people to pull off/wear some of the names we like as name nerds. I would not want to put that pressure on a child when they will already have pressures of their own. Also, in a time when we value standing out and standing apart from everyone else, I can't help but think that giving a name to a child with special needs will make him or her stand out more than he or she already would, and maybe not in a positive way to their peers. I think it's important for all children to feel they are a part of a community, and I especially think it's important for children with special needs, so I would want to give him or her a name that is well-recieved at large in the community to promote further acceptance.Current Favorites:Elizabeth Lily nn EllieMary Emmeline nn MaisieSarah Evangeline nn Sadie
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