May 6th, 2008

Fishing for Lake Trout

Developmental Delay

Hi, guys!

Well, after searching yahoo under "developmental delay", abuse, and verbal; and under "developmental delay", neglect, and verbal; and searching wikipedia under 'developmental delay' - they sent me to 'developmental disability' - not the same thing - I come to you.

I have a character, age five, who has been neglected rather than abused.  His communications with others have been severely limited, although he has been given every luxury otherwise: healthy food, beautiful clothing and playthings.  He has a nurse who barely speaks the language (English).  He has no playmates, and while his parents visit him occasionally (two or three times a week, each) I think it's fair to say they find him... inconvenient... until he comes of age. 

I have decided to show this child having difficulty with expressing himself, verbally.  However, I fear I'm coming off as stilted or inconsistent.  Can anyone guide me to a site, or give me some pointers, on how this child might relate to others with such a delay?  I have him at the verbal level of a younger child, three or so...

Any help is greatly appreciated.

-K
Hand on Knee

New York City - Location Questions

I need to give street name and/or neighborhood locations for the homes/events of several characters who live in New York. I was hoping folks can make suggestions.

1) A male model with good money. He lives in a kind of open loft. Not an extremely secure building but not cheap. Where is a likely place for this apartment?

2) A gay male pro dom who rides a motorcycle. His apartment is relatively inexpensive. There is no elevator. He walks up to his second floor apartment. But it does have a shared small garage where he is able to store his motorcycle. Where is his apartment? Where would the club/facility where he works be?

3) Male college student studying business at Columbia University. His rich father pays for his one bedroom apartment in a security building with a basement parking garage and an elevator. Where would this be located?

4) Male street prostitute who lives in a run down, maybe even condemned, building and works the street nearby. (Teen runaway whose "clients" are primarily men in cars.) Where is the corner he works?

5) Crack house where someone kidnapped is held. Theoretically near where the hustler lives. Where is it located?

Would love ideas for these. Especially ones I can use mapquest or google to get a layout with. Thanks.