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R was never a fluent speaker but she did talk. She lost her speech at two and a half. By three and a half, she had lost the use of her hands as well. This has presented her speech and language therapists with a problem. For children who can’t speak, there is Makaton – signing, which requires the child to use their hands; PECS – which involves choosing a card which represents an object or a feeling etc and handing that card to the communication partner, so hands again; iPods/iPads – hands needed here too. For the child who can’t use their hands, as far as her speech therapists knew, there really didn’t seem to be much available, and they seemed to have very little idea where to begin with her. Continue reading