“Mason is one year old. When he was born they discovered that he has a genetic condition - Down’s Syndrome –, which causes some degree of learning disability, every child who has this condition is different so it is hard to determine how much they will be affected and what the challenges may be. He’s been attending the Little Bee’s groups since he was 4 months old.
His diagnosis was a shock. My scans during pregnancy had shown a low risk of having the condition, so when Mason was born seven weeks premature and was subsequently diagnosed with Down’s Syndrome, it was a big shock and the news took a while to sink in. It was a very emotional, difficult time and I felt quite isolated at the beginning.
The Hamlet’s Sensory Bees and Little Bee Notes groups are for children under the age of 5 with additional needs and their families. We’ve received a lot of good information and support since attending. We particularly enjoy attending ‘Sensory Bees’ as Mason really likes the noisy and bright toys! I’m really seeing the benefits. Mason now mixes more with other children, he’s much more active - he’s rolling about and crawling. You can see that he’s learning and developing and he’s also very happy.
From my point of view, it’s nice to meet other mums and now I don’t feel alone. It’s been really good to meet other families with similar needs. If anybody is thinking about attending The Hamlet I would say ‘go for it!’