Makaton Monday ~ Mummy

For anyone that has read my post Nil by Mouth, you will know how important the word ‘Mummy’ is to me.

‘Mammam’ was Bruiser’s first word aged 1yr and 1week. Unfortunately due to difficulties associated with his development which we later discovered are traits of Autism, he lost/forgot the vocabulary of over 50 words that he had developed at 15 months old. Up to a few weeks ago, despite re-establishing himself an albeit limited vocabulary he has never re learnt the words he forgot, this included ‘Mammam’.

We have taught Bruiser to sign ‘Mummy’ and he uses this sign very well but, its not quite the same without his little voice saying my name.

However, a few weeks ago Bruiser started making an ‘ee’ sound. We quickly realised that he said it when ever i popped out, nipped upstairs or when he was trying to get my attention and it occurred to us that he was trying to say ‘Mummy’ 🙂 After setting up various scenarios to try to get him to say it, he said ‘ee’ to me and pointed at me. I cant tell you how happy this made me. It still brings a tear to my eye and a lump in my throat whenever he says it now.

I have a name… again! 🙂





Bruiser signing and saying ‘ee’ (mummy)


Sign/Symbol used with the kind permission of the © The Makaton Charity 2012

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12 thoughts on “Makaton Monday ~ Mummy

    • Mummy Wife Woman says:

      Thank you for reading and commenting. Its lovely to see them signing isn’t it and more so when they have previously been very frustrated at their inability to communicate. But the word Mummy, it doesn’t matter how it sounds when they say it, its still as special. x


  1. Orli D says:

    Reading it brought tears to my eyes. There is nothing like having a name that your child calls you. Or knowing that he can see you (in our case). Really touching post, and indeed a magical moment!


  2. Paul Wandason says:

    Some people say that hearing your own name is the sweetest word in any language. Since becoming a parent, I know that’s not true, for me it’s “Daddy”, so I can easily feel your joy in having your name back again! 🙂

    Indeed – a very #magicmoment !


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