Telling Me What’s Wrong #SSAmazingAchievements

By | January 25, 2014

Sometimes it’s difficult for D to express herself at the time situations happen that she’s not comfortable with.

We had an instance this week where she was refusing to eat her breakfast and wanted to make herself ill. I was obviously concerned and we spent some time gently talking and establishing the reasons.

The above is where I am so relieved that D can verbalise, albeit sometimes many hours later. She had delayed and stilted speech during her time in mainstream nursery and Reception class and her speech only really started coming on after she was 6 years old and happily attending her SN school.

I can usually tell by her facial expressions and mannerisms if a situation has affected her and a meltdown is brewing, but sometimes she’ll react by retreating and withdrawing. It’s in these instances that I’ll have to put on a proverbial detective hat and dissect – sometimes minute by minute – what’s been happening and what could have triggered her actions.

It is getting easier to establish what’s wrong, with gentle prompts, sometimes it will take until the next day and she’ll then blame me for not knowing sooner, BUT (positive angle) we are getting there and that is definitely a Small Steps Amazing Achievement which I’ve linked up with @EthansEscapades.

The photo below was taken just before D was 4 years old, she’s come a long way since then, both physically and emotionally.


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mummyoftwo on 26th January 2014 at 9:49 am.

It’s great that you are finding it easier – it must be so difficult when she can’t tell you what is wrong.


Jeannette on 26th January 2014 at 2:35 pm.

Thank you, it’s such a relief when she can tell me, even though it can take a few hours/overnight/days. X


Jane Roberts on 28th January 2014 at 10:36 am.

Speech is something I long for but I know, if it comes, it will take time. It’s great that you have your ways of working out what is wrong, you really do have to learn to notice the little things. Hopefully as they get older, it will get easier!

Thanks for linking up with Small Steps Amazing Achievements :0)


Jeannette on 28th January 2014 at 10:44 am.

Thanks Jane, D has come such a long way in the last four years or so and I know your E will too, it’s just establishing the tools and methods until that time.
I do feel like a detective at times and I’ve noticed that I have to do so with T, but not to such an extent as he’ll usually tell me after a while.
I really enjoy linking up, thanks for hosting and commenting x


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