This week saw Zak’s final day at his specialised nursery. It was definitely a day I wasn’t looking forward to as it meant another chapter in Zak’s life has closed. The staff have such a tight knit team and are so dedicated to the children.
Since Zak started the nursery over a year ago he has developed so much. He has gone from a non verbal, uncommunicative little boy who was trapped in his own world. To a very happy, chatty, vivacious little boy whose smile can light up a room. He has this infectious giggle you can’t help but chuckle to yourself.
In his play Zak has gone from sitting and staring into space, to start taking an interest in the world around him. To try new things new sensations. The nursery played to his strengths and that was he likes lights, balls and building blocks. They used these tools to encourage Zak to be explore, engage in activities.
They also were privileged to witness a lot of firsts as well. Such as Zak talking, playing. Then a miracle happened. A little boy started nursery and Zak took it on himself to show this little boy round even though they was not a word spoken. These 2 boys interacted with each other.
The best bit about all this is Zak’s sister Jen is best friends with Zak’s little playmate’s older brother at school.
I have one lasting memory of Zak’s nursery as they presented me with Zak’s learning journal. It shows Zak’s journey this last year in words and pictures a fantastic keepsake. So as Zak says his sad goodbye to his first nursery he can now embrace and open a new chapter in his life.
Zak is 3 years old has severe autism, global delay development and gene 16p 11.2 microduplication which all have an adverse affect on Zak’s learning .