Age appropriate

The summer is officially over, mainly obvious by the weather, but more so by the fact that we are back with a bang into several weekly deaf appointments. One of these is speech and language therapy, which, you may or may not know, I hate.

This week though, it was a rare joyous occasion. In the 10 weeks or so since we saw our therapist Harriet has grown from a crawling,  stumbling little baby into a confidently walking and even running and jumping toddler.

And her communication is ‘beautiful’.

She has around 50 signs and can string 2 together. For example she signs ‘fish, come’ if she wants the toy shark.

What this means is that she is ‘age appropriate, in her language’.

What this means is, for once, I haven’t failed her. I have learn BSL to the point I use it consistently, every day. Enough that she has picked it up. Yes we’ve made a concerted effort at times and with certain things. But mainly she’s just picked it up because we just use it.

And this means her brain paths are firing. Her communication skills are formed. Which means that when or if ever she can hear, speech will come.

And that is what this whole journey is about. Us learning sign and them learning speech. So that we can be together, in each other’s worlds that sometimes feel so very far apart.

………………………………………..

H’s words

Fish
Bird
Duck
Chicken
Dog
Horse
Pig
Cow
Cat
Come
Ready
Daddy
Bath
Sleep
Hello/ bye bye
Please / thank you
Eat / food
Train
Baby
William
Bottle
Mine
Apple
Coat
Shoes
Shoes on
Shoes off
Hat
Hot
Blow
Yes
No
Fox
Again
Dinosaur / dragon
Bear
Lion / tiger
Goat
Bee
Go
Slide
Elephant
Giraffe
Cake
Butterfly
Where
Want
Coat

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