At the end of the first block (6 weeks) T’s mum sent this e mail:-
Music Monday’s has proved invaluable to my son for many reasons.
1) He now has a new interest in what was a very limited social life outside of the home/school environment.
2) He has made several very good friends – mainly in the staff there (who are all amazing by the way).
3) His intolerance of noise and his sensory issues have reduced to the point where he will now tolerate loud people a little more, but more importantly, he will now tolerate wearing headphones which has had a very positive, life changing effect in his daily life – in that his crippling anxiety where school transport is concerned is now easily managed by the use of headphones which reduce the noise level from fellow passengers who are on the severe end of the autistic spectrum.
4) His confidence has grown in situations where he is apart from me.
5) He is more aware of what is expected of him in situations such as this and other youthclubs, playschemes etc – which is; to participate and have FUN!
All in all this project has seen him start to grow from an insular, insecure child to a characterful, fun-loving young man.
I cannot praise or thank everyone involved enough for helping my son go up a rung or three of his social ladder and for helping him expand his own sense of ‘self’ enormously.
I have a renewed sense of hope now for my son’s future and feel I can look forward to building on and seeing these positives progress from here on.
Many, many thanks.
Our son was involved with LWCA for 10 years (until he reached his 18th birthday and had to move across to an adult service provider) and during his time he received excellent care.
He initially went to the monthly Weekenders Club. Here he really enjoyed all the different activities on offer and all the staff were professional and very caring. He later moved to the home-based scheme and he was supported by a number of staff over the years. They were usually long term and really got to understand our son and his needs. He enjoyed lots of different activities on his trips out and always felt safe and secure with his Independent Support Worker (ISW). If ever his regular worker wasn’t available they provided cover and all staff were excellent – very professional and caring and took care to meet his specific needs. Both his long term carers were male which was important for a teenage boy and often difficult to find.
He also went to Music Monday’s group which he loved because he got to try new equipment and instruments and he became a proficient DJ! When he reached 18 and had to stop using LWCA, we were all very sad but they put on a great leaving/birthday party for him geared to his specific likes which was lovely.
If LWCA moves into providing services for young adults we would use their services again without hesitation and would recommend them to any family with special needs children – they are always professional and caring and target their support to the specific needs of the individual.
My son enjoyed lessons on the drums, guitar, piano and the DJ machine, which he particularily likes. One huge improvement is that we can now hear his voice! Every Sunday he reminds me that he has Music Mondays the following day. He makes sure I’ve written the MM dates on the calendar. He really looks forward to attending – it’s the first thing he talks about when he gets home from school on a Monday. It would be great if you could offer more classes. The staff are well trained to look after & teach our children with special needs. As a parent, I count myself fortunate to be able to take my son to MM. He’s so interested in MM. It has improved his social skills and his independence such that I am seriously considering private tuition as well but it’s difficult finding the right tutor.
Children / Young People