This month’s ‘Mum of the Month’ is Joanne and after reading her story, you’ll see why…
“Most parents would probably feel a little sad that their little ones were finally off to school, but for us, it was cause for celebration.” explained Joanne.
Joanne’s son Jack is 5 years old. He’s severely deaf and wears hearing aids. However that’s never discouraged him or his parents from living their lives to the fullest. They’ve been committed to him and to ensuring he was able to speak clearly enough to attend a normal school.
Children learn to speak by listening to others speak and when a child is deaf, it obviously limits their ability to hear and process the words of others. So naturally, Jack’s speech and language development were always going to be a challenge.
Fortunately for him, both Joanne and husband, Jason, persisted. By regularly attending speech and development therapy, Jack became able to speak so clearly that his teachers didn’t even consider him any different developmentally from the other kids. “It’s a feeling of elation!” said Joanne.
Part of Jack’s development exercise was and is that he talks a lot. That’s why Joanne upholds family traditions like breakfast and dinner together at the table. Everyone gathers around and has the opportunity to talk about their day. “We ask each other,
”What was your favourite part of the day?” and “What was your least favourite part of the day?”” This dedication seems to have proven successful – there’s never a quiet moment in their house!
Joanne switching careers to run a family day-care from home was also key to Jack’s development. This way she could be with him during those first crucial years. “Jack was thriving in the day-care environment.” She explained.
The overall day-care experience also gave Joanne the opportunity to instil positive life lessons about hygiene, nutrition and recycling in not just her family’s life, but the daily routines of the children she cared for too. Little things like
cooking from scratch and homemade pizza grew into staples for Joanne’s family.
an inspiration, a fighter and a believer and by the sounds of it, her son Jack is too. To see more little things Joanne and other mums do for their families’ health, visit www.missionforhealth.com.au