community. Our family has gone without a mentor for over a year after the last one quit.
So it was a shock last month when the director of the program dropped by to apologize for not getting us a new mentor sooner and introduced us to Brett. Brett is a very nice man who is deaf and also has cerebral palsy. Both were caused by illness as a child. He arranged to begin lessons with our family every Saturday morning.
He's been coming the last few weeks and he's already making a difference in our home. He's looking for ways that he can motivate Whitney to sign more clearly and in more structured sentences. And he's working hard with Melanie and me too.
The very first week Brett came, he threw down the gauntlet with me. "You need to know the manual alphabet by next week," he told me. I've struggled with the alphabet since I'm quite poor at memorizing things. So I was pretty nervous about the challenge.
As it turns out a little push was exactly what I needed. I worked all week and was able to run through all the signs the next Saturday with only a couple mistakes. I still mix up d and f but I'm getting better each day.
It's a big help to have someone who cares so much about our family and works so hard to teach us.
So, Brett, welcome to "team Whitney" and thank you for helping us along the path to better understanding and communication. We hope to work with you for a long time to come.