Sunday, 18 September 2011

Autism - 6 years on.

Communication has been one of our hardest issues. PECS..I guess a lot of people swear by PECS and Makaton, those are the common tools used in our Special Needs Schools. For us, neither were effective, as much as I complained and whinged about them not working for Mikey, I still went on the courses, made the cards and boards and for seven years waited for any kind of result. Much to everyones surprise (Mikey has a way of surprising a person, or unsuspecting spider!) Mikey has picked up on British Sign Language, he uses the few signs he knows appropriately and it has given him a form of communicating thereby relieving a lot of his frustrations. It was Mikeys carer Michele who introduced this vocabulary to Mikey and I. Again, she managed to do what seven years in a special needs school could not. I wish I could go back in time to Mikeys younger years, drop the PECS and Makaton on focus a lot on sign language. My advice to anyone who is going through the communication mine field with their child..try a sign language teacher, cant hurt to try.



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Samantha Anne Hutchinson said...

Thank you for your comments Brinkka!

John Salmon said...

Frankly, I'm amazed Samantha. The "then and now" video really hits home. Mikey looks very grown up now and the signing certainly looks like a breakthrough for you and Mikey.

But, I'm more amazed that you have got to grips with the technology to edit, create and publish your own video in such a short time. It really brings your blog to life and no amount of wordage could have put the point across so well.

I hope you have lots of your older video clips that you can use in future videos.

I feel so proud and pleased for you.

Samantha Anne Hutchinson said...

Thanks so much John, and for all your help with the techno stuff...you may still have to rescue me when I end up rocking in a corner, drooling on myself, twitching with binary code flashing across my eyeballs...I have a lot of clips, not nearly enough and I am missing some years unfortunately, but not all is lost!

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