Small Steps and Big Steps

I have been a little quiet – looking for a new house to rent as we have to move on. That’s the trouble with renting – no control over your destiny! You never know when the landlord might want it

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Protocol for Zip It For Mia

A big thank you to everyone who is zipping it for us! We really appreciate your support. Some of you have already done your silence, some not yet. I have spoken to tree of Hope Children’s Charity about handling the

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For A Unique Girl!

Hilary Gardner is the speech therapist who first saw Mia when she was 3. She says in 35 years of experience she has never seen a child with such severe Verbal Dyspraxia, yet so much potential. This is obviously complicated

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The Best Woman For The Job

It was so exciting for me to witness Julie Anstey working with Mia yesterday. Since our last session with Julie and Hannah last week, we have continued working on the ‘p’, ‘b’ and ‘m’ sounds. The ‘m’ sound comes out

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And a Little Tiny Bit More Improvement…………

  Today was our weekly speech and language therapy session. We continued doing some auditory memory exercises, e.g. Mia listens to a (short and simple!) sequence of claps and has to imitate. This is hard for her. Hannah and Julie

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Retaining Auditory Information

As far as the title is concerned, I don’t know the technical term that a Speech and Language Therapist would use! This week we have started Mia working on listening to simple directions, starting with one and slowly increasing it.

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Progress

Well, today we went to our weekly speech and language therapy appointment. We had a week of working on ‘p’, ‘b’ and ‘m’. So, the verdict was ‘p’  and ‘b’ were better, but the ‘m’ was still being produced with

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Sign Supported English

Since Mia was 3 we have been using Makaton sign language to support her communication efforts. With Makaton you sign the key words of a sentence and there are no different tenses for verbs. For example you would speak the

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Day 1 of our new speech therapy programme

Mia’s forever blowing bubbles……………… and playing harmonicas! Breath control, that’s what we’re working on! TalkTools equipment to help Mia develop a greater ability to maintain an outbreath as we all do when we speak. She can do 10 blows through

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Zip It For Mia

We are organising a sponsored silence as our first fundraising initiative. It seemed quite appropriate as Mia cannot talk! Find out how hard it is to not be able to talk to anyone…….. Can you Zip It For Mia? Can

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