A MUM has praised a Faifley school for helping her six-year-old daughter overcome severe speech problems.

Louise Ann McFettridge also expressed her gratitude to all of the professionals, who have helped and supported daughter Jenna on the road to success.

Primary two pupil Jenna McFettridge had hearing issues for the first two years of her life and was diagnosed with a severe phonological disorder at the age of three.

Children with phonological disorder, which is a type of speech sound disorder, do not use some or all of the speech sounds to form words as expected for a child of their age.

Jenna had two operations at the ages of two and four to rectify her hearing issues and began receiving speech therapy from a young age.

But now, thanks to the youngster’s hard work and the expertise of speech therapists and her teachers, particularly Ms McKinnon at the Rainbow Base in Faifley, Jenna’s speech has been transformed.

Proud mum Louise Ann said: “Jenna’s speech is so clear now and last month we got the amazing news that she has been discharged from speech therapy and her speech is now completely age appropriate.

“We are so proud of her. We cannot believe how well she has done. The whole family are amazed by her and how hard she has worked to get where she is now.”

Jenna attended the two to three room in Ferryfield Early Learning and Child Care Centre in Alexandria before attending the Riverside ELCC in Renton, where her mum worked, from the age of three.

In order to receive the support she required, for the past year and a half Jenna has been attending the Rainbow Base, at St Joseph’s Primary in Faifley, in the morning before travelling to Dumbarton to spend the afternoon at Knoxland Primary.

West Dunbartonshire Council said it would not comment on individual cases.