When Simple is Hard

“You get the coats, boots and hats ready, and I will do the toilet trips” I said. It was the standard pre-walk preparation we executed every week. As we all bustled in the small cramped hallway at the bottom of the stairs, with coats consuming arms and hats bobbing up and down as the pompomsContinue reading “When Simple is Hard”

Change Your Question!

Three years ago there was one question I asked every person I met, every professional and every support group. It is a question I now get asked all the time, and a question which I see asked on support groups every week. That question is “When did your child start to talk?” The answers areContinue reading “Change Your Question!”

Erase the Word!

I remember sitting on a hard chair, going through the motions, listening to the analysis of my son – the reports and information which had been collated on him. We spoke about his delayed speech, his lack of interaction and his low levels of engagement. It was hard dissecting every level of my child. DocumentingContinue reading “Erase the Word!”

Spinning to Success!

At Rhys’ three year developmental check, the health visitor sat with an assortment of toys and papers in front of her.“Rhys, can you stack the blocks?” she asked, placing three inch square blocks in front of him. Rhys paid no attention to the lady and casually placed one block on top of the next withContinue reading “Spinning to Success!”

Can We Let It Go?

In 2013, the epic film telling us all to just ‘Let It Go’ hit our screens, with crazy round bellied snow men and reindeer with strange impressions crunching carrots. Little girls ran down hallways in snowflake encrusted gowns, trains of material temping the naughty foot to entice an unfortunate trip up. For those without kids,Continue reading “Can We Let It Go?”

The Communication Pyramid

The one question that parents, with non-verbal children, always ask other parents is, “When did your child start to talk?” I asked this question hundreds of times, to parents in my social circle, to professionals and in user community forums. Each time, I got a range of answers:“Lots of children have speach delays”“His older brotherContinue reading “The Communication Pyramid”

Changing It Up!

I lay out the word puzzles all in a row. The same way I always lay them out. The little wooden letters are scattered underneath, each letter face up, in the way it should be. “Rhys, word puzzles” I say, and with luck he is next to me willing to participate. It took me agesContinue reading “Changing It Up!”

Counting to Speak

When your child doesn’t speak, all you dream of is to hear their voice. To listen to what they have to say. To have them answer a question you so desperately want to ask. When Rhys was three he had ten words. Those words were one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine andContinue reading “Counting to Speak”

Makaton: Good Morning

The pain and illness that has consumed our house for the last forty-eight hours has passed. After a good night’s sleep, I stretch my arms upwards and breathe in the new day. I pick up my phone and focus on a new goal. At Rhys’ annual review a few days ago, we discussed the useContinue reading “Makaton: Good Morning”

A Cage Fighter or Just a Little Boy?

We are at that stage in my son’s life. That phase where he looks more like a cage fighter than my little blonde haired cutie. He parts his lips to smile at me, but I am met with a gappy mouth. The loss of his top and bottom two teeth in the space of twoContinue reading “A Cage Fighter or Just a Little Boy?”