We immediately found a home from home at Incredible Kids

Finding disability support for children and parents is not easy. We talked to a parent at Incredible Kids to find out how she and her son have found support for their family.

We immediately knew we had found a home from home.

Jo and her son E started coming to Incredible Kids after a friend originally recommended Incredible Kids. Jo told us: “We immediately knew we had found a home from home. We left already feeling excited at attending our next session. We both felt welcomed by the staff. They greeted us with warm smiles and made us feel instantly included and a valued part of Incredible Kids.

Child playing with a playworker

I had that instant feeling of belonging to a lovely supportive and understanding community.

My son was free to explore his new surroundings and took great interest in the varied activities available before settlingChild playing on swing at a firm favourite. I could see he felt relaxed as he chatted to staff who joined him as he played. Watching my son smile and interact with other children was reassuring that he felt comfortable being himself. I chatted to the supervisor who was able to signpost me for further support services if I felt these could be useful. I had that instant feeling of belonging to a lovely supportive and understanding community who I could meet both face to face and online too.

 

He has been able to learn more about himself as an individual.

My son enjoys the varied indoor and outdoor activities available at Incredible Kids and has been able to try newChild chatting to playworker experiences too which have helped boost his self-esteem and self-confidence. He has been able to learn more about himself as an individual and recognise his strengths whilst also enabling him to become more confident in asking for help from others. Some of his favourite activities are very much sensory-based; he especially loves the sand, hands-on messy activities and anything physical.

Child playing wih crafts at Incredible KIds

The death slide, scooter track and the large scale climbing frame are firm favourites along with roller skating, football with peers and staff and playing hide and seek amongst the vast outdoor play area. He enjoys using the large chalkboard and the small world imaginative playsets too. The large outdoor space lends itself well for providing smaller, enclosed spaces for children to retreat to for some downtime along with rooms inside to relax and be in a quieter environment if that’s needed.

Whilst I watch him play he always has a smile on his face.

Whilst I watch him play he always has a smile on his face, he is clearly very happy and enjoying himself and he loves the social interaction from both peers and staff. He is now more confident talking to others and making new friendships and asks whether those children will be at the next session he’ll attend.

Disabled Child on Slide

 

Whilst the children’s needs all vary there is that common ground to start from and that real sense of support from one another as we share our experiences and journeys so far. The staff are able to signpost to other organisations who may be able to offer support. Having access to this wealth of knowledge helps make me feel a better parent for my son as I know where else I can turn to for support.

 

 

“Incredible Kids has a special place in my heart and I often attend the sessions when I don’t have my son too as I always feel so welcome every time I go.”

If like Jo you would like to join Incredible Kids and visit our sessions to visit our sessions providing disability support for children sign up here for free membership. 

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