Mia is 10. In many ways she is like all other little girls - desperate to learn, play and make friends. She is full of fun, kind, funny and helpful, but she is also frustrated, friendless - trapped in a world in which she cannot speak to anyone or fully understand what people say. Mia has a Specific Speech and Language Impairment, Verbal Dyspraxia and suspected Auditory Processing Disorder. She cannot learn language in that incredible ‘soak up like a sponge’ way that most kids do. She needs to be taught to speak, intensively.

At 3 years old Mia couldn’t make any speech like sounds at all. Now she can try to copy words we say, and produce a lot of sounds. She is intelligent and keen to learn and communicate. Therapists say she has enormous potential and with the right therapy she can go on to have a fairly normal life.

But the therapy Mia needs is not available from schools or the NHS – we have had to find the money for it for ourselves so far. Mia needs specific and intensive treatment, and she needs it now, while she's still at an age where she will get the most benefit.
Speech therapy costs £50-70 per hour and Mia needs up to five sessions per week.  This will help her to develop speech, improve her ability to understand and use language, and use a communication aid to communicate until clear speech is achieved. How overjoyed I would be to see her talking to friends. It breaks my heart to see her approach children but experience such a huge communication barrier.

Mia’s speech and language difficulties have led to a host of behavioural problems. Most children can communicate their needs and desires well, but Mia's inability to do this leads her to try and exercise control in other areas – her environment, other children, and her parents! This makes making learning skills and enjoying the usual tasks that other children participate in very difficult for her - all the fun stuff like making things, games, painting. We have had assessments with a behavioural therapist to help us eliminate these challenging behaviours and ready Mia for more therapy. Some of our fund raising will help to fund this behavioural support to her therapy and learning.

All money raised goes to Tree of Hope Children's Charity and our named therapy practices invoice Tree of Hope Childrens' Charity direct.

Please help us to give Mia a voice before it is too late.

‘It is particularly important that a child with verbal dyspraxia receives speech and language therapy delivered by a therapist with relevant experience. Children with severe verbal dyspraxia may require intensive levels of therapy in order to make progress.’
Afasic (, a support group for parents of children with speech and language difficulties.

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Updates 5

Just wanted to write a quick update, and to thank our supporters for your generosity! Mia is doing really well with her speech sounds, and we are about to embark on a personalised, topic based language programme thanks to you all for your help!

09/09/13 09:34

Happy New Year to all our supporters! Kirsty and Sophia raised over £1600 running the Zurich Silversterlauf - amazing! It was a gruelling race over cobbles and up and down mountains but they ran all the way. I think they paid the price afterwards! We are very grateful!

26/12/12 02:10

A big thank you to everyone who has donated! Your generosity is already helping Mia, and she is already responding to it! It's early days, we have a long way to go but much hope for the future!

27/11/12 06:48

Kirsty Roth & Sophia Steiger are running the Silvesterlauf in Zurich on December 16th (8.6km in the cold!). Very brave it's freezing in Zurich at that time! Please support them if you can. Thank you Kirsty and Sophia, you crazy ladies!

19/11/12 03:41

I am so touched with the generous donations - thank you all so much for helping me to help my daughter!

11/10/12 07:48

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Donations 80

Donation by Anonymous on 04/08/15


+ £7.50 Gift Aid

A gift for Mia, given with love and best wishes, in celebration of Corinne and Ciaran's marriage.

Donation by Mick and Margaret on 14/03/15


+ £12.50 Gift Aid

With love to Ciaran and Corinne on their wedding day and lots of best wishes and love to MIa, her family and and all kids and families supported by Tree of Hope

Donation by Caroline Broad on 13/03/15


+ £25.00 Gift Aid

A gift for Mia from Corinne & Ciarans friend as was their wedding gift wish, such a good cause! Love The McCormack Family

Donation by Anonymous on 13/02/15


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Good to see even more progress Mia. From the Cumbrian cyclists!

Donation by Pat Glencross on 14/10/14


+ £230.00 Gift Aid

With thanks to Pat Glencross for the cycling

Donation by Deirdre McCarthy on 14/10/14


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

I read about Mia's story in the Guardian - very best wishes to you all xx

Donation by Jude on 11/01/14


+ £1.25 Gift Aid

Great to see the progress Mia

Donation by Pat and Neil Glengross on 18/12/13


+ £275.00 Gift Aid

Best wishes from Barcelona!

Donation by Daniel Martí on 05/11/13



Donation by Turnip on 08/09/13


+ £25.00 Gift Aid

It's great hearing the progress keep up the fantastic work :) Hope this helps from the Talbot Group football match against the Louth Referees.

Donation by Anonymous on 28/07/13


Good Luck

Donation by Robert McLennan on 11/07/13


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by David Wilson on 02/05/13


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Best wishes

Donation by Monika Slater on 24/04/13


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Good luck, I hope you get the support you need to keep giving Mia the support she needs

Donation by Sarah May on 17/04/13


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

With very best wishes to you all.

Donation by Ann Salter on 16/04/13


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 13/04/13


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Good luck, you are doing an amazing job for Mia.

Donation by Kirsty Sparrow on 12/04/13


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Go Mia. You can do it. With much love from the Buckleys

Donation by Rachel Buckley on 12/04/13


+ £25.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 12/04/13


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Nuru Saadi on 12/04/13

I hope all the best for you Nibby! To parents: give her a big hug for me!

Donation by George Carenzo on 12/04/13


Donation by John J. Burns on 12/04/13


Lots of love from Canada!

Donation by Richard Lock on 11/04/13

Donation by Anonymous on 11/04/13


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£17,211.23
  • Offline donations£0.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£17,211.23
  • Gift Aid£3,615.50

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