As a family we are very keen on supporting other families within the special needs community. Becoming Young Ambassadors for Follow Your Dreams means we can help raise money to help other young people like us reach their aspirations like our mum ensures we do.
Adam faces many challenges daily, he struggles with social situations and needs a lot of support to overcome every situation. Despite all his challenges, give him a camera and he has a great skill at taking brilliant photographs. He is amazing on computers, and despite not understanding the theory side of it, he is self teaching himself via you tube video design and graphics.
Due to Adam's difficulties in communicating with others and in social situations he has aspirations to combine his love of photography and computers into becoming self employed, so he can work from the safety of home but be independent in creating an income for himself.
Adam has 16p11.2 syndrome, Autism, Tourettes, Learning Difficulties, Sensory Processing Difficulties and Social Anxiety.
Lewis has and continues to face many challenges in life, he requires injections every night to help him grow due to his growth hormone deficiency. He also suffers with extreme pain if he does too much physical exercise or walking, so this is restricted and he has a wheelchair for pain days and when lots of walking is required.
Despite his challenges he is a hyperactive cheeky little boy who is also very cute and loves to chat! He has aspirations in life to be an ice cream man, and live in his own caravan on his mums drive.
Lewis has 16p11.2 syndrome, abnormalities of brain, hypermobility syndrome, growth hormone deficiency, learning difficulties, speech and language disorder and Global Development Delay.
Daniel went three years in school without talking due to his selective mutism. Thanks to some intensive work he is now a popular chatty young man who will help anybody he can. He always has a smile on his face and just loves to make others happy!
Daniel wants to be a teacher when he is older in a nursery.
Daniel has Global Development Delay, learning difficulties, sensory and auditory processing difficuties and selective mutism.
Kayleigh-May was very poorly as a baby. Tests revealed she was silent aspirating on fluids. She ended up needing a feeding tube until this resolved itself at 5 years old. She then had to be taught how to drink safely and recognise thirst.
Kayleigh-May's Chromosome disorder is the only one registered worldwide, so its been hard for professionals to "work her out".
Despite her constant hospital stays due to various illnesses and bowel difficulties, she has always managed to stay a happy smiling loving little girl who captures the heart of every person who meets her.
You can find the Barkworths fundraising page here: http://www.justgiving.com/The-Barkworths