When Ally first came to the Hanworth Centre, she was struggling to cope with some major difficulties in her young life.
She had witnessed domestic violence at home, and even though her father was no longer around, the fear she’d felt had taken its toll.
Ally was also struggling with her speech, and not being able to communicate properly made her feel incredibly frustrated. This understandably led to behavioural difficulties but Ally’s mum didn’t know where to turn to for help.
Luckily, before she became eligible for the Early Education Entitlement, HAY’s bursary funding enabled Ally to attend the Caterpillar Pre-School at the Hanworth Centre.
It was there that HAY’s Pre-School staff worked with Ally’s speech therapist to address her individual needs and support her in the best possible way. They also made sure she was included in the Multisensory Group sessions which gave Ally the chance to thrive.
Although English wasn’t her first language, Ally’s speech began to improve as she took part in the Pre-School’s Play and Language Support (PALS) group. This built her confidence, enabled her to start managing her behaviour and develop the social skills she needed to make new friends.
Ally’s mum is so thankful to the staff at the Hanworth Centre and said,
“She is like a different child. She’s so happy and always comes home full of what she has done at Pre-School and what she is learning.”
It’s amazing to see how Ally has blossomed from a frustrated toddler into a bright, articulate, young girl.