Joe is a beautiful boy. He is charming, funny, very loveable, caring and has a great sense of humour – we love him to bits.
He is now eleven. He was diagnosed with Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome at about eighteen months. His syndrome incorporates epilepsy, autism, severe learning difficulties & behavioural issues.
Joe can be an absolute joy, but his behaviour is frequently draining & exhausting and he requires constant attention. Joe can be destructive, throwing toys, purposely tipping his food or drink on the floor, or emptying cereal packets out onto the floor. Joe is also is very demanding and very persistent, he will not “wait” for anything which means that his sisters often have to. Joe has no sense of danger and often tries to escape. Sleep is another issue; it is seldom that Joe sleeps through the night.
Cherry Trees gives us a break. It allows us to have a quiet day at home or to go out and do normal family things; shopping, swimming, cinema, go out for dinner. Days out in the school holidays are planned around Joe’s visits to Cherry Trees and when Joe sleeps over, we get a full night’s sleep & a relaxed morning!
Joe loves his visits to Cherry Trees. He gets to play with his peers and the staff in a suitable, safe but still homely environment. Joe gets the freedom to play appropriately at his own level and he can be relatively independent in his choices. He likes to play in the garden and enjoys the soft play and time in the playroom. Joe also likes to go out on the Cherry Trees mini bus. I am completely content that he is safe and well cared for. I never worry about Joe when he’s at Cherry Trees as the staff are fantastic, always patient, understanding and cheerful.
Cherry Trees is invaluable, it provides a safe, happy and caring environment for many children with varying needs. It gives us carers a well needed break in the knowledge that our children are well cared for.
Thank you Cherry Trees!