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With no way of communicating about what he enjoyed or how he was
feeling, Lisa and Pete struggled to include four-year-old Caleb, who has
Down’s syndrome, in family life. Family Sign Language classes close to
their South Wales home were the answer.
With three children each with very different needs, life at home for Susana and Jacobo is hectic. But understanding seven-year-old profoundly deaf Nicolas’ autism and ADHD is bringing peace for the family.
There’s never a dull moment for 11-year-old Gethin, who’s proving that
multi-sensory impairments needn’t be a barrier to enjoying life.
For parents Gareth and Kelly, every day is a surprise with 16-month old
Isaac who has CHARGE syndrome. As they’ve discovered more about the
condition, they’ve learnt to take each day as it comes and are
incredibly proud of their son.
Jacqui watched her daughter Aliyah, 13, struggle to overcome the challenges of deafness and cerebral palsy, and endure being bullied. A new school and NDCS holidays helped her find new confidence.
When there’s a deaf child with additional needs in the family, it affects everyone, including siblings. Here Michelle and Sue share how their daughters benefited from NDCS’s Big Weekend for families with deaf children who have additional complex needs.