Giving children the best start in life

A Parents Perspective: Ceri's Story

Here, parent Ceri talks about her experiences of using Chatta with her son.

Introduction to Chatta for parents

I first heard about Chatta from my Mum who had seen an article in the paper. I was desperate to be doing something to help William. At this point he had been referred for speech therapy nearly a year earlier and so far only had an initial assessment. 

William was saying very little, he had very few single words and his pronunciation was poor, so even his few words might not have been recognised by people who didn’t know him. He just didn’t seem interested in attempting to copy words or communicate with words.

With just a brief explanation of the chatta approach and app, Ceri was able to get started and began using chatta everyday at home with William.

Easy to use

William took to the Chatta app straight away, it is simple enough for him to work himself and he enjoyed listening to his own voice once recorded. Something seemed to click with him and he started trying to say more and more. It also really helped with his pronunciation, within a couple of weeks he said a proper Daddy.

Progress was rapid

Ceri noticed rapid progress in William’s language level. This enabled her to quickly move from one word up to two and three word chats. 

I started with one word level pictures, mainly family members and animals he liked. It wasn’t long before I moved up to two and three words. I am now looking at building sentences with him and have found the information on the website really helpful for ideas.

Supporting work with professionals

Ceri noticed rapid progress in William’s language level. This enabled her to quickly move from one word up to two and three word chats. 

I started with one word level pictures, mainly family members and animals he liked. It wasn’t long before I moved up to two and three words. I am now looking at building sentences with him and have found the information on the website really helpful for ideas.

Chat about pets

Chatta is effective and meaningful

Chatta enabled William to acquire language in a meaningful and effective way.  He continued to enjoy the process of using new vocabulary in his chats. 

I really do feel that Chatta was the kick start that William needed to realise that he could use words to communicate with us.

Help and Support

The Chatta team have supported Ceri digitally through email and using the website. 

Help has always been on the other end of an email and I am so pleased that we started using Chatta.