My parents are coming to visit! (Yay! I haven’t seen them in almost a year and a half, so that’s pretty cool!)
Things I was going to do to be the best daughter:
Things I did that made me the worst daughter:
And I was surprised to realize that he was already familiar with some of the signs. We were looking at a big puddle in the road outside our garden, and I did the sign for water, and he copied me, and I suddenly realized that he knows some Makaton and it simultaneously made me excited and broke my heart a little. And I kept doing signs and asking him what they were to confirm that he knew it and wasn’t just copying my actions.
Because this is one of our kids with speech difficulties, and I’m just like, how has it taken until now, right after I’ve taken a Makaton course, to realize that a child who has been attending our nursery for over a year could have really been benefitting from its use? Just. Oh my god.
Focus on the positives: Now I know he knows some, and that we can use it to help him continue to improve his communication.
But bless him, his little face just lit up when he realized that we knew the same thing.