Scarlett was born during a very wet week in July. Once she’d made up her mind she wasn’t hanging around, joining us 90 mins after labour started.
At just 8 months old Scarlett was severely scalded across her stomach and legs at a cafe when out with family. After 2 stays at a burns unit, surgeries and skin grafts she came home and life began again. However she was left with medicine phobia and to this day is still unable to take medication orally. This means every fever or infection is treated on the day ward or children’s unit at the hospital.
When Scarlett started school we noticed she still had bowel problems, anxiety and struggled to understand the world around her. By year 2 school had begun extra support and in year 3 senco and her class teacher made the decision to refer her to community Paeds. 4 months later after a whirlwind of assessments our beautiful girl was officially diagnosed with Autism, anxiety disorder, sensory difficulties & memory processing difficulties. The support she received at primary was above and beyond.
Sadly her diet was still extremely restricted & secondary school brought more anxiety and self harm started in the form of biting and hitting herself. With the help of her care team and education welfare she was referred to a wonderful special needs unit. Over the last year Scarlett has thrived there, they have a nurturing & caring approach. She is finally able to access education and enjoy it. Earlier this year she was finally diagnosed with oral aversion and Arfids. She is under the care of her dietician for this and is awaiting OT input as well as more physio for her continued joint pain and fatigue.
Scarlett is affectionately know by everyone as Miss Scarlett. She really is one of a kind and sees such beauty in the simplest of things. She gets joy from seeing a rainbow or dancing in the rain