Ryan's been a quiet boy since birth. He had quite a rough start from birth and was quite poorly At 8 weeks old he was admitted to hospital with suspected meningitis, after lumbar punctures thankfully he just had a nasty virus followed by the same the following year to the day.
When Ryan reached 2 yrs old I started to notice he wasn't developing as fast as his older brother did and although he could talk made little development. He was still not eating solids and his speech was very delayed.
He attended speech therapy and nursery which seemed to help but he was still quite vastly behind.
When Ryan started school he struggled immensely and was described by his teacher as lazy, naughty and immature at 5 years old. At this point I decided to start the diagnosis pathway, it was a long and very difficult 3 years wait for his diagnosis. He started to self harm, his mental health really suffered and he required more help at school than they could provide.
Once he was diagnosed I was able to move his schooling to somewhere that could provide more help and, although he still suffers greatly with his mental health, he does seem to be coping much better.
He's 10 now and every day is tough for him, he struggles to make friends, and his routine leaves little room for sleep. He finds the most normal of things painful and is still working at least 2 years below his age.
He takes great comfort in blankets and being held so I'm looking forward to him receiving a blanket that he will love. He loves space it's one of his obsessions so this theme will make him so happy.
Ryan has 4 siblings, an older brother and 3 younger sisters who he loves dearly. He's the best brother and son a mum could wish for and copes with his diagnosis incredibly