Katie, Rubinstein-Taybi Syndrome and The Hamlet

Katie's Dad talks about the huge difference The Hamlet has made to Katie's life.
Katie, Rubinstein-Taybi Syndrome and The Hamlet

“Katie is aged 20 and has a condition called Rubinstein-Taybi Syndrome. RTS is a specific pattern of physical features and development disabilities, and is the result of a chromosomal abnormality. Katie has been attending The Hamlet for the last 18 to 19 years.

The Hamlet has made a huge difference to Katie’s life since she was little. She now attends Out of Hours Club and Adult Services at Ella Road twice a week on the days when she’s not at college. Katie enjoys everything about The Hamlet! She particularly likes the activities which involve cooking and eating! But she also loves the people and the social side too – she has more of a social life than we do!

Katie’s development has really improved during her years at The Hamlet; communication, walking – everything. She picks up on what others do and her attitude is ‘well if they can do it, so can I’. She has such a positive attitude and, with the support she receives, she takes everything in her stride.

As parents, it was really helpful to meet other Mums and Dads. We’ve known some families for years and we still see some of them now. In fact, the support the whole family has received from The Hamlet over the years has been phenomenal. We’ve recommended it to other families. No matter what their role, everybody involved with The Hamlet helps and supports the families who attend.”

"No matter what their role, everybody involved with The Hamlet helps and supports the families who attend."