Makaton Monday ~ School

‘School’ is a sign Bruiser has known for a while now. It was introduced very early on. This week though it seemed appropriate to mention it… because, Bruiser has finally accepted ‘School’ as part of his routine and now willingly goes in without a fuss.

Bruiser has been attending our local children’s centre for a single session a week for two years now. But, he has been attending more so recently for his 3yr funded sessions since easter in preparation for him attending pre-school in september. (15hrs a week) It has not been a smooth easy process thus far. He has resisted it and fought against it every which way. Its turned home life upside down. Its turned the school run into a nightmare for us all. But, in the week before half term (2 weeks ago) he finally accepted it. He just turned up for to nursery and went in happy, he left me without any screaming crying or a meltdown. This actually coincided with him sleeping through the whole night undisturbed for the first time in almost six months. Coincidence?

After the half term holiday I expected everything to return back to how it was. It didn’t!! (happy days) Last week he looked forward to going back to nursery and on that first day back was waiting all ready with his bag on his shoulders signing ‘School’ repeatedly. He even argues with his brother about who goes in first! 😀

It’s lovely to see him go in so happy and want to be there. I’m yet to see him integrate with the other children and join in with them of his own accord. One thing at a time though hey!





Bruiser signing 'gool' (SCHOOL)

Bruiser signing ‘gool’ (SCHOOL)


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

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