Since S moved downstairs to the 2-3s room at nursery, she’s really come along with her words. It seems like every day she’s learning new words… but also, the words she did know, have become much more clear.


Mr Tumble used to be mummle but now he’s Tumble.

Elephant used to be dint but now it’s eh-dint – with an amazing noise/action combo

Her name used to be rare-uh but now it’s sa-rare-uh-lou

Penguin used to be ingin and now it’s genguin


She’s started to speak in short sentences; when I ask, are you finished with that toast, shall I take it away? She invariably responds with No, me eat it. If she’s watching the TV and ignoring me when I speak to her (which happens when Fireman Sam is saving Pontypandy), and I ask if I should switch the TV off, her response is no, want it on.


Last night as I was putting her to bed, she gave me a slightly over-enthusiastic cuddle, and bumped on my shoulder. She stood up, saying my chin! and  I was struck by how much easier things are now S has enough words to be able to tell me what’s wrong most of the time. Her favourite thing is to point out a bump on her foot and ask for cream on it. Yesterday morning she woke up saying she had a sore cheek, and could she have some cream on it.


She’s also learned words like more and big and tiny and knows how to use them; at my mum’s the other day she asked for more carrots, and when I told her Auntie Smooch had a tiny baby in her tummy she responded with no, it’s a big one.


After two years of wandering about chatting to her without an answer (except when we used to exchange raspberries in the queue in Costa), we can now have a proper conversation. Shall we go in here, would you like this, let’s have a shower. She joins in and has something to say on most things in our lives, and it makes things so much more fun!


To finish, here’s a video of that amazing elephant impression:


Ethans Escapades

Vicky Charles

Vicky is a single mother, writer and card reader.


Tatty · 03/12/2014 at 08:24

This brought a huge smile to my face x

Caroline (Becoming a SAHM) · 03/12/2014 at 16:52

Its amazing when they start talking more isn’t it? Monkey’s speech has come on so much just in the last 6 weeks since his sister was born and I love it… Though there are some phrases I’m not so keen on, “don’t want to” for one!! #ssamazingachievements

thebeesleybuzz · 06/12/2014 at 13:32

it is lovely to see their speech come along. I had concerns about miss T’s speech when she was younger but now she is saying all sorts of words that I never realised she had learnt. #SSAA x

Jane - Ethan's Escapades · 09/12/2014 at 12:32

Love it, the video is so cute. Speech is such an amazing thing and just that can open up so much communication. She is doing so well. I pray that we get this speech thing at some point ;0) #SSAmazingAchievements

Jeannette @autismmumma · 09/12/2014 at 20:18

Lovely video and great post.
Her speech is coming along brilliantly and opens up so much more communication for you all.
Thanks for linking up with #SSAmazingAchievements :)

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