Hi, my name is Mikey the Punky Pineapple.
I am based on a design by Harry at Irby Primary School, Wirral. Thank you very much Harry, I love your design!
I am Hard of Hearing (HoH) which just means I don't hear very well! When I want to listen to something, I have to concentrate and it's hard work! I rely a lot on lip reading which is relatively easy when someone is facing me, standing still, has the light on their face and talks slowly but that just doesn't happen in real life!!
Here's a little test for you: Look at your lips in the mirror and say the words 'bike', 'pike' and 'mike'. Do they all look the same to you? Yep, they do to me too!
Being able to communicate is one of the most important skills we need in life. Almost everything we do involves communication: everyday tasks such as learning at school, asking for food and drink, sorting out problems, making friends and having fun. They all rely on our ability to communicate with eachother.
Makaton is a way of communicating using signs and symbols.
When people use Makaton when they speak to me, it's great! It's like having extra clues to help me understand what they are saying.
Thank you so much for being interested!