I just wanted to say a huge thankyou to everyone who has contributed to making Kian and Esmae's quilts! They are absolutely beautiful, and the fabric used is just lovely, so much thought has gone into them and I'm just so emotional thinking about the past 7 months or so! Thank you so much, they will be loved and treasured always!
Kian was born a healthy baby in July 2011. He was a lovely calm baby but he seemed to get poorly very frequently. He was hospitalised at 10 months old with pneumonia, which gave us quite a scare. We noticed around the age of 18 months that Kian was quite behind in many areas of development, particularly speech. He couldn't say a word and he couldn't use cups and cutlery, needing to be fed. He also suffered with gastrointestinal issues that couldn't seem to be cured or a cause found. At the age of 2 and a half we seriously considered the possibility Kian had some kind of learning disability. Unfortunately the services in the area where we lived weren't very helpful and we were continuously fobbed off. We moved areas as Kian turned 3 and Kian was referred to a brilliant paediatrician. Three months later our suspicions were confirmed and he was diagnose as low to mid-functioning autistic, and approximately 3 years developmental delay.
As parents we were of course upset but at the same time relieved because we'd been fobbed off for so long we started to worry it was something we'd done! From the start it was obvious Kian would benefit from a special education setting, and he was granted a place in a brilliant local special school. He's gone from strength to strength with his speech, no longer classed as non-verbal. Learning-wise he's still very behind and he struggles with his attention, concentration, some physical skills, behaviour, awareness etc but he's a lovely happy boy, full of innocence with a cheeky personality.