I Live In Hope

Communication and social interaction is something that comes naturally to most children and adults alike and something that we all take for granted. For Bruiser this is something of a challenge.

Bruiser currently attends a nursery setting at our local children’s centre. With the help of his inclusion worker and his key person in nursery, together using Makaton, they’ve managed to get him interacting with the other children and he has role played along side them and they pretended that there was a fire and they were the firemen and they put the fire out. This for Bruiser is HUGE! I’m actually gutted that I wasnt able to witness this interaction for myself because outside of the nursery setting, his brother aside he doesn’t interact much if at all with other children.

At the weekend though, we went to a close friends birthday party at a local farm. These situations Bruiser can find quite difficult and he usually toddles around on his own doing his own thing. This party was different though as group participation and interaction with other children couldn’t be avoided.

I was incredibly proud how he coped with it and although at points he was on the brink of a meltdown, between me and his Daddy we managed to avoid it happening at all.

The icing on the cake for me though was watching him eat (yes eat!!) ‘some’ of the party food at the table with the other children and then completely out of the blue he turned to the little girl sat next to him and said “my mumeee dare” and pointed at me.

I welled up instantly. It was monumental. Id seen it for myself that he was capable of interaction like that and the best bit was that he did it off his own back, no support or help from anyone was involved. It was spontaneous.

(im crying typing this)


This for Bruiser was one teeny tiny step but it was a monumental achievement and im so incredibly proud of him.

I Live In Hope


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16 thoughts on “I Live In Hope

  1. Notmyyearoff says:

    Well done Bruiser – that’s such a massive achievement, sounds like he did really really well. I hope it gets easier for him over time! BIG Hugs to you…the bit where he points to you is just heart meltingly perfect!


  2. Orli D says:

    Wow, that is great! That is great progress and it’s so much more when they do it without our help, when they just do it as if it’s natural for them. Reduces me to tears every time.
    Loved your post (got here from the Small Steps Amazing Achievements linky)


  3. Jane says:

    I’m crying with you, this is fantastic. I also live in hope for these things and for me he has done three things that deserve a medal. He sat with the children, talked to a little girl and pointed the icing on the cake for me is the word mummy. So proud of your little superstar.

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


  4. Coombe Mill says:

    It sounds like the support and help he’s receiving at the Nursery is really helping Bruiser with his communication. To hear that he initiated communication with the little girl is brilliant, definitely a magic moment.


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