Claire Golden had to wait for nearly six years before she heard her only child say the precious word 'Mummy'.
Her daughter Olivia Curran will turn seven next week and her hopes are high that her speech will keep improving.
For Olivia, the ability to talk just like other children her age is something that has eluded her as she was diagnosed with a condition called Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) at the age of three.
The Belfast girl is one of the stars of a new campaign aimed at raising awareness of people in Northern Ireland living with communication difficulties.
She is the youngest person selected to take part in a multi-media portrait and story exhibition called My Journey, My Voice, currently on display in the Long Gallery at Stormont.