Jason is a lively 12 year old boy.
We adopted him when he was four, after a very traumatic start to life which meant he was exposed to abuse and severe neglect. Unfortunately the traumatic early start to his life, has impacted on all areas. He has global developmental delay, which means that for Jason he is delayed in all areas by approximately two years. However, recently this has become an even wider gap for his emotional and maturity. Although he is 12, he needs a lot of help with self care and organisation, which means that he is limited on any activities he can do outside of the home and needs specialist support.
He was diagnosed with Reactive Attachment Disorder before we adopted him. This impacts on so many areas of his day to day life, especially when social skills are needed, his ability to trust us as his parents and also his understanding of consequences to any actions, this includes keeping safe when crossing a road etc. This means, he cannot go out anywhere on his own and always needs one of us or a carer to accompany him.
More recently he has been diagnosed with Autism and ADHD, both of which impact on his daily life in so many different ways. He struggles with making and keeping friends, which means that he is lonely and can be isolated when not in school. We do as much with him as we possibly can, lots of day trips out, trips to the cinema etc. But this combined with his early trauma had seriously affected his self esteem and confidence. He struggles to believe that he deserves good treats and I know that being able to receive a quilt will mean so much to him. Something that is for him, just him and has been made too.