Find out about how some of our learners are getting on at Royal School Manchester.....
“We knew if Evie got the expert help in deaf blindness we would learn ways of helping her to communicate. She is now making progress in every aspect of her life. The whole world is opening up to her. I don’t know where we would have been without the help of Seashell. It's changed our families' lives and Evie’s and I want her to stay at Seashell forever.” Evie’s Mum
Evie was referred to Seashell by her local authority for a residential placement when she was 8 years old. Evie has CHARGE Syndrome which means she has a severe hearing loss and is blind in one eye with impaired vision in the other. Evie also has physical, communication and learning difficulties.
When Evie was born she was very delicate and required surgery and spent long periods of time in hospital. When she came to Seashell she had limited mobility and required a wheelchair and her nonverbal communication was limited to reaching towards items of interest; she was unable to express her wants and needs.
After 18 months of intensive support at Seashell Evie’s life had been transformed. She is now able to walk without the use of a frame, use stairs and is beginning to communicate with her family through pictures and technology. Whilst her disabilities will always be challenging, Evie now enjoys a level of independence which before Seashell was unimaginable.