I've heard over and over again that kids with Down syndrome focus. Ellie spent the first part of her life very focused on gross motor.
The past few months, she's been hyper focused on speech and signing. She was so very close to walking and doesn't seem interested anymore (although I'm hoping two mobile friends she sees daily will help) but she is signing and chatting like nobody's business, mostly to express strong opinions.
This video is mostly a string of random words with prompting from me. (There's also a musical interlude. Plug your ears/use the "mute" button, hum "The Wheels on the Bus," and watch Ellie. Or ignore that advice and listen to me singing.)
For those with younger kids, this is NOT how we teach Ellie. We use context, and pictures, and the objects when available. This video is for grandparents and aunts and uncles and cousins and Miss Lisa. Please note that all of Ellie's spoken words start with "B". Also, note that Ellie only does it halfway, but she won't sign sleeping. Instead, she lays down on the ground, then pops back up with a smile. "Sleeping."