Studying will help me understand my twins’ speech trouble

FURTHER STUDIES Nicola Martin with her twins Dylan, left, and Charlie. Picture: Paul Jacobs (132267-5)
FURTHER STUDIES Nicola Martin with her twins Dylan, left, and Charlie. Picture: Paul Jacobs (132267-5)

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I AM going to be studying speech, language and communication science.

My three-year-old twins Dylan and Charlie have got a 12-month global delay.

They’re behind in a lot of things and speech is one of them.

Although the course won’t enable me to be a therapist, it should enable me to get a job as a therapist’s assistant.

There is a way I can then become a therapist.

Seeing my twins struggle with the frustrations that come from not being able to talk properly is very difficult as a parent.

It’s quite frustrating to try and communicate with them, they just don’t understand a lot of things.

You want to climb inside their brain to find out why their brains don’t function like yours does.

It’s one of those things that life throws at you.

It’s not my primary goal to help them but it is a factor.

At first we thought it was a bit of a speech delay but the speech never happened.

As much as I want to help them, I want to help other people as well.

I don’t want them to feel the same frustration I felt.

If you think your child is behind, you need to push to get them seen and you need somebody there to support you.

And it’s always something that I’ve been interested in – I worked at centre for soldiers’ rehabilitation at Headley Court, in Surrey.

I saw how hard it is 
for people to have no language.

The course is a two-year foundation degree, I believe there is an option for me to stay on for a third year.

I start on September 16, I can’t wait.

But it’s been a long summer – I think I’ve forgotten to hold a pen.