As we reach the end of Down Syndrome Awareness Month, it’s great to see this beautiful interview in Kidspot that talks about the positive impact that Mable support workers have had on this family’s wellbeing and happiness.
‘Single mum Natalie is used to getting by without much extra support.
“It’s just Max and I, and it’s been that way since shortly after he was born,” Natalie told Kidspot.
Max lives with Down Syndrome and while Natalie says he’s a “great little kid”, there’s no doubt being a sole parent to a child with special needs has been challenging.
“I’ve been to some dark places over the years,” Natalie said. “I’ve had a lot of anxiety and depression. It’s been hard to get respite, without a second pair of hands.”
Natalie says that Max is “really social, he loves to be around people and meet new people”. Unfortunately, however, this becomes a major challenge.
“He finds it difficult to engage appropriately in a social setting,” Natalie says. “His speech is delayed so he’s often unable to articulate himself verbally. That means he uses his hands to get people to do what he wants and other people – especially kids – don’t really like that, as he gets in their space.”’