Speaking with Selective Mutism Success

This morning was Hannah’s progress assembly. Hannah had a speaking part and yesterday she proudly came home with her lines that she needed to learn which didn’t take her long to memorize.

The only problem is that Hannah has got selective mutism, which means she very rarely speaks in public. In fact she finds it hard talking to her grandparents. Last year she only spoke to then 3 times.

So this morning walking to school she clutched her lines in her hands refusing to put them in her bag. Half way to school i noticed that she wasn’t carrying her lines… she had lost them. I was going to retrace our steps but didn’t know where she had dropped them when Hannah said, “It’s alright i know them”.

We arrived at school and she went into her classroom while we took our seats in the hall. Everyone had a part to play. When it was Hannah’s turn she stood up and she read out her part.

I must have had the biggest smile on my face. I couldn’t believe she had done it. I even had a few tears.

This time last year Hannah refused to say her part, and now she finally spoke a few words. This school has been so good for her confidence.


Stroke of luck

Harry and Amy had just finished packing there last box and Harry loaded it the lorry closed the doors and leaned back and stirred back at the now empty  house Amy came  and joined him Harry slipped his arm round Amy and they both stood there looking back after 5 years they were finally moving out of there home if that’s what you could it everything was falling apart but the owner couldn’t be bothered to fix it up and last winter they had spent most if it at his mum’s house because the heating wouldn’t work Harry and Amy wasn’t prepared to let the twins and Katie go through all that again especially now they were expecting there 4th child so when Harry got his promotion at work the first thing they did was look for a home and tonight they would spend it in there home

As they turned the corner of their new street the sun decided to come out from them dark clouds Amy couldn’t help but smile things where starting to look up for once Harry unlocked the front door while Amy picked up the box at her feet bring it straight into the kitchen let’s have a cup of coffee before we start unpacking Harry had to laugh his wonderful wife was always so organized  they sat on the back garden Amy leaned her head on Harry’s shoulder at this moment at she is the happiest she’d even been 







Twenty Wishes

I love to read.

Most evenings you can find me curled up on the sofa with a book in hand.

Often while i’m reading something will come up in the book where i think that’s a great idea i’m going to do that but as soon as I’ve finished the book and started the next I’ve totally forgot about it. 

That was until i read Debbie Macomber book called Twenty Wishes..

It’s about a group of widows who gather together and come up with the idea to make a list of twenty things that they would like to happen in there lives.

They ranged from falling in love to buy a pair of red cowboy boots. It was amazing to read how this list changed there lives so much for the better.

So i decided to take a leaf out of her book and make my own list of Twenty wishes. I’ve got nothing to lose but so much to gain, so here goes.

I’ve only managed a few things and will update when i add more to the list 

1)     Learn to drive

2)     Go to London

3)     Pass my ASA level 1 

4)     Go and see the panda’s at Edinburgh Zoo 

5)     Watch a theater show  


I’d love to read anyone else’s twenty wishes, and how it has changed your lives.

Moving on up

For the last few months Hannah’s swimming coach has tried to get her to move up a lane but because of her nerves she has refused.

So over the summer hols while swim club has had a break, I’ve taken her every week swimming and we’ve worked in lanes  3 and 4, we concentrated mostly on her tumble turns, where to take her last breath before performing her tumble turn and streamlining out of the turn and then continuing into her stroke, after working for a hour a time we would go into the fun pool and just have a laugh.

Last week saw the return to swim club where she had been asked to start in lane 3, we knew this was coming and was hoping that after all the work she had put in over the summer holidays would pay off, so as she collect her things she walked over and waited near lane 3, yes  it had worked.


On Thursday the swimmers in lanes 3, 4, 5 and 6 where put through there paces and got tested on everything from diving to tumble turns, from front crawl to butterfly, looking at technique.

We were surprised that Hannah was asked to move up into lane 4, but what was more surprising was that Hannah moved up without any tears or fears.


All the work in the holidays had paid off not only in her technique but in her fears, we’re so proud of all the work she put in. x   

got the buzz

There’s nothing like watching my little girl swimming to give me a buzz but yesterday it went to a whole new level 

Yesterday she took part in her first Gala 

She’s been swimming with her local club since she was 5 but this was the first time she was able to take part in a full blown Gala

We arrived a bit to early and had quite a wait before we where aloud to enter and get ready

She was one of the first that was able to warm-up after doing about 6 lengths it was time to climb out and let the older one’s there warm-up

Then came the races and the whole place came alive with shouts of encouragement after a while Hannah came over all overwhelmed by it all after settling her down and a few reassuring hugs i took her back over where all the other competitors were

They were sorting out the next set of races and thankfully it was time we had all been waiting for Hannah race she was in the 3rd set so there wasn’t long to wait i returned back to my seat feeling a little anxious as to whether or not she would find the courage inside to part take

As each race came and went the closer it came and the more nervous i became as to what would happen

Then came her race she stood at the edge of the pool and the official was talking to her telling her what she needed to do she didn’t talk to them just a simple nod of the head told us all that she understood what was being told to her

The whistle came to which she entered the pool hanging on to the starting block next came the honk which signaled the start of the race and she was off the other competitors were a  few years older thn she is and 2 of them even dived in but she managed to keep up with them breathing  every 3 strokes she came to the turn and as she’s been taught she didn’t put her feet down just touched and pushed off the wall

Now the final stretch still keeping up she suddenly found a extra burst it was a close call at the end  and the buzz came she’d done it she didn’t come first but she had taken part and that just alone was the amazing part she came out of the pool beaming and she came over and received a massive hug from me her face was glowing 

I can’t wait for next week when we have to do it all over again here to another buzz 


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