Kerry’s ten-year-old son Ashley has a diagnosis of autism, her eldest Ethan, 15, is currently undergoing an assessment for autism and her youngest, daughter May, seven, is waiting to see if she is accepted for assessment. 11-year-old Craig is unaffected.

“The Daisy Chain trips and clubs are brilliant,” Kerry says. “We wouldn’t be able to get out and do activities as much without them as I don’t drive.”

Daisy Chain has helped counsel the family through bereavement including offering one-to-one counselling. “That really helped Ashley deal with things better,” Kerry says. She has been attending Daisy Chain for seven years now with the Links parent support group, which meets on a Thursday morning at Daisy Chain’s Norton farm, being a vital source of help and advice.

“The Links group is very important to me because everyone is in a similar position and everyone offers advice and tips on how to deal with certain behaviour. It’s hard to deal with your child’s low self-esteem, especially when they say they are stupid and you need to reassure them a lot.

“It’s hard for Craig because he doesn’t have that full understanding of autism yet. As a lone parent, Daisy Chain gives me a lot of support and offers strategies to deal with different behaviours. Ashley recently had a phobia of bugs and Daisy Chain helped me by putting together a social story to deal with that. He also has sensory issues and does a lot of running on the spot which can be exhausting.

“When you don’t have a partner to share responsibility with, it can be very lonely and you feel alone which is why I love Daisy Chain for being there.

“Both Craig and Ethan attend the Sibz after school club and we have all loved going to Daisy Chain over the years. May is on the waiting list to go too. I really don’t know what we would do without it.”

21st February 2018

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