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Play, therapy and support for kids with additional needs and their families

 

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The Queen's Award

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Harry's Story

 

Harry is two years old.  He has Down Syndrome which means that he has a learning disability and his muscles and limbs don’t work as well as other children’s.  In addition, he has some hearing loss and will require glasses.

 

Harry’s mum found out about Our House through Facebook soon after Harry was born.  At that time the Trustees were still fundraising to launch Our House.  Since the centre has opened, Harry and his family generally attend the Saturday Club for children with Down Syndrome and physical disability.  They have also hosted their own event at Our House for children with Down Syndrome from across the South East of England.  

 

Harry’s mum says  “Our House is a very warm, welcoming, relaxing environment where all of our family feel happy.  The Saturday Club is a time we look forward to each month, as we know all of our children will be entertained and happy and we, as parents, can share with other families facing similar challenges.  There is nothing else like Our House locally.  If it didn’t exist, I wouldn’t have the network of support that I do today.”

 

Harry’s sisters love Our House too. They feel it caters for them as well as Harry.

 

“For us, as a family, it is important for us to keep the balance in our family so that not everything we do is about Harry.  We worry about this for Harry’s twin, in particular as she spends a huge amount of time in therapy sessions with Harry, with no attention or focus on her.  They all love to come to Our House and they are fully involved and accepted in any activities that run.”

 

*names have been changed