Once upon a time in a small, humble town lived a young boy named Tom. Tom was a bright and curious child, always eager to explore and experience new things. Unfortunately, one day when Tom was only seven years old, he started exhibiting signs of echolalia, a disorder that causes a person to unconsciously repeat words and phrases they hear.
At first, Tom’s parents were concerned as they had never heard of this disorder, but they soon realized that it didn’t cause Tom any distress, so they stopped worrying and accepted it as part of their son’s condition. Despite this, Tom often felt embarrassed whenever he would repeat something he heard in public, so he did his best to stay away from large gatherings.
One day, Tom was out exploring the woods near his home when he stumbled across a pond with a large frog sitting in the middle. The frog looked at him with its large, golden eyes, and then asked Tom in a deep, gruff voice, “What do you want?”
Tom was taken aback by the frog’s question, but he soon realized that the frog was merely repeating what he had just said to himself moments before. Tom smiled to himself, realizing that the frog, too, must suffer from echolalia.
Tom and the frog soon became friends, talking and playing together for hours on end. Whenever the two were together, Tom felt relieved, as he knew that he could freely practice his echolalia without judgement. Eventually, Tom started to feel more comfortable speaking in public and was even able to join in conversations with the other kids at school.
The moral of the story is, no matter how different you may feel, it’s important to remember that you’re not alone. Everyone has something unique about them, be it a disorder or a special talent. If you look hard enough, you’ll be sure to find someone who can relate to and accept you for exactly who you are.