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"What's wrong love?"

"Harry I know we've said that we were going to do something about Niall and Ashton before but we really need to step things up. Ashton is getting agitated and he physically attacked Niall and Niall is getting frustrated and upset and I'm afraid it could lead to psychological issues in the future." Harry sighed and ran his hands over his face in frustration.

"What should we do? I'm stuck here Lou. I obviously want the best for both of them but I don't know what to do, I don't know how we can benefit both of them."

"I was thinking maybe we could see a family therapist..."

"No, absolutely not! Therapy is for messed up people and broken families. We are not a broken family!"

"Hazza relax please. Therapy is for people who need a little help, not just for people who are "messed up." It's okay for us to go. Let's face it, we're desperate at this point."

"Fine, can you make the appointment though?"

"Of course. I'll call in the morning and hopefully we can get in tomorrow since you're not working until later."

"Alright sounds good. But anyway I'm exhausted, I had a long day at work."

"What happened love?"

"This little girl came in alone asking for chemo. We gave her the treatment and we're keeping her in hospital while we investigate her background because it's very suspicious that a child that young came in alone. I'm just curious as to how she's been getting away with this because she said she always comes alone."

"Do you have any leads as to what might be going on?"

"Not really, she's not documented though. That's a vital piece of information but unfortunately finding that out sets us back a lot. We're going to do our best to find out anything we can. But anyway, like I said before, I'm exhausted. Goodnight, I love you."

"I love you too Hazza." Louis said as he placed a soft kiss on his lips before turning off the lights."

"Niall babe, you gotta get up. We have to go somewhere." Louis told Niall as the toddler just lay in bed still kind of groggy.

"No, tired Papa."

"I know baby but you can take a nap later. It's time to get up."

"Where are we going?"

"We're going to go see someone that can help you and Ashton be friends."

"I don't want to be friends with Ashton. He hurt me and he's mean and I hate him!"

"Don't say that Ni. He's your brother and I know he hurt you which was very wrong but he loves you and I know you love him. We just need some help so you guys can play together nicely and be even better friends. Can you promise to try for me?"

"Okay Papa I'll try."

"Thank you babe, and I'm going to tell Ash the same thing, he has to try too. Now go downstairs and ask daddy to change your nappy and get you some breakfast while I get Ashton up."

"Okay Papa, I love you."

"I love you too Ni Ni." Niall ran out of the room to go find Harry while Louis walked over to Ashton's bed to get him up.

"Ashton baby wake up we're going to go bye byes."

"Where we go papa?" Ashton asked as he slowly sat up and rubbed his eyes.

"To see someone who will help you play with Ni Ni."

"I play Ni Ni? Ni gonna learn how to hear?"

"No baby, he can't learn how to hear but we're going to find another way so you guys can understand each other."

"Okay."

"But you have to try your hardest or it won't work and you have to be nice to Ni. No hitting or being mean anymore. Your brother loves you and it hurts when you're mean okay?"

"Okay Papa."

"Okay love, now go potty then go downstairs so you can have breakfast before we go."

Niall and Ashton sat and took in their surroundings as they waited in the therapists office. After about five minutes a young looking man with brown hair walked in. He was quite short and small in general and had a very calming presence about him.

"Hello I'm Dr. Sugg. And you must be Niall." He signed as he bent down to his level. "I'm Dr. Sugg nice to meet you."  Niall shook his hand in amazement. Nobody else had ever been able to talk to him except his family and of course Perrie, Jade, Liam, and Zayn.

"You understand me?" He asked with a shocked look on his face causing Louis and Harry to laugh at how cute he looked.

"I do." Niall smiled the widest smile they'd seen from him in a long time. " why do t you two go play with the toys over there while I talk to your daddies." He both signed and spoke so Ashton could understand as well. They both nodded and ran off as Dr. Sugg chuckled then turned to Louis and Harry. "So just based off observing the boys' personalities I think I have the perfect method." He reached into his desk and pulled out a couple of envelopes and handed them to Harry.

"What are these?"

"They're picture cards. They're separated by category so it won't be as hard for Niall to find the one he's looking for. They have words on them too so it'll also help with reading. The categories I'm starting off with are toys/playtime, Foods, Daily needs such as being hungry or needing a nappy change, and simple phrases such as thank you and hello. As they get older we'll see where they're at as famous progress and we'll either add more or take some away if they learn to communicate better. I want them to use the cards for a week and then come back and see me and we'll discuss how things are going and see if we need to make any adjustments."

"Okay. Thank you so much Dr. Sugg, we honestly would have never thought of this on our own."

"No problem. Bye Niall bye Ashton.". He once again spoke and signed at the same time. They both said bye to him and headed out the door. Louis and Harry were extremely hopeful for the first time in a long time.



How do you think the picture cards are going to work for them? Thank you to the person who suggested the picture cards as a solution. It took me a few days to get the motivation to update this story but I finally did it. :)

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