This week, 52 Lives would like to help Isabel, a 5 year old girl from Surrey.
Isabel has complex needs. In 2012 she was diagnosed with a sensory processing disorder, but then her behaviour became more difficult and she started having very violent episodes of extreme anger. The child mental health specialists have since diagnosed her with post traumatic stress disorder and attachment issues. They say she's a scared and worried girl who is confused about who she is and the world around her. She is now having therapy three times a week.
Her mum was a victim of domestic violence and her father has been in and out of prison since she was born. They had to leave their family home earlier this year, which hasn't been good for Isabel's anxiety levels.
Her mum cares for her and her little brother full time. She is trying to deal with this all on her own but it has become incredibly difficult for her.
She has discovered that what helps Isabel the most is sensory-based activities, and quiet, dark rooms. Isabel has access to these at a specialised play centre she visits, but her mum doesn't have the space or resources to be able to create a similar thing at home.
Her mum found 52 Lives when she was searching for information on sensory sheds online. She came across the story of us helping to create a sensory shed for another little girl, Evie, back in week 17 and was hoping we might be able to do something to help her daughter as well.