In their own words
Kieran spent the majority of his early school years at home with me due to his behaviour. It wasn’t until the age of 7 that we were finally able to secure a diagnosis of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and ODD (Oppositional Defiant Disorder). Despite being prescribed medication, his behavioural problems continued. He invariably spent his days in the headmistress’ office or home with me. During this time he was turned down by two other schools, but we finally got him accepted into Falkland House at the age of 10.
Within weeks we could see a marked improvement. He could barely write his name or read, but with the support of the school he flourished in the small and calming classroom setting. Kieran now has just done his prelims; achieving straight B’s and he is performing above average for his year group. This is a testament to the school and the staff who have worked with him. Previously, Kieran was unable to interact with other children but he now takes part in activities after school. He was also a fussy eater, but has now been encouraged to try new things and enjoys cooking.
When I look at him now, I can’t believe he is the same boy as a few years ago. I cannot recommend Falkland House highly enough. The school can really help to bring out the potential you’ve always known has been there.”
Pamela Crudenmother of Kieran Cruden
I knew very early on that Josh was different from his peers, and he was initially diagnosed with separation anxiety. I did not agree, and he was finally diagnosed with Tourette’s syndrome and an Autistic Spectrum Disorder at the age of five.
Josh had five primary school placements in seven years and his last three years of primary schooling were on a part time basis. His first high school placement broke down on day one as he was deemed too aggressive. He had a break down when he was 13 and was detained under the mental health act for six months in Gartnaval Psychiatric unit.
Josh is a bright, articulate boy who is of mainstream ability academically. He does not have learning difficulties, but he does have barriers to learning. Falkland house was my first experience of a facility that recognised that even when a child is extremely bright, they still need an opportunity to learn in an environment where staff ratios are high, class sizes are always small and due consideration is given to every aspect of the child’s condition. It was also the first experience I had of a service that supported me as a parent as well as addressing the needs of my child.
Prior to attending Falkland House, Josh had very little formal education. He left Falkland house with a variety of qualifications and has gone on to complete an NQ and an HNC in Digital media. He started a degree course in Computer Games Design in September. He has also been nominated by South Lanarkshire College for an SQA Star award.”
Lorna-Jane Gracie mother of Josh Gracie