Garden makeover transforms life at home for five year old Amir

Posted on the 3rd October 2018

Five year old Amir has Autism which affects his learning ability and means he displays some behaviour difficulties, particularly aggression towards himself and others. He is non-verbal so communicating his needs can be challenging and he can become stressed and unsettled.

The family’s garden was not secure, and right near a main road. Amir has no sense of danger which meant that the garden was not safe for him to use. This wasn’t helping Amir’s physical or emotional wellbeing.

Amir loves being outside and so having a place that he and his younger brother can spend time in, will bring so much joy to his whole family’s quality of life.

Garden Makeover

We wanted to create a safe and accessible garden space for Amir and his family to enjoy . Volunteers from Lexia came forward and spent two days working extremely hard to turn this into a reality.

They began by removing the broken concrete patio slabs near to the house and laid a new levelled decking, the existing grass was cleared away and a large area of artificial grass was put in its place allowing a safe surface to play on. They removed old hedges and tree roots which was an exhausting task. Once removed they set upon levelling and grass seeding the remaining garden. Finally they added a colourful sensory board which is engaging and will help stimulate Amir’s senses.

The whole family can now enjoy being outside together in a safe and secure environment. Day to day life will improve and this will have a positive impact on them all.

Watch Amir explore his new garden for the first time!

It’s wonderful, Thank you all so much

Hayley, Amir's mum

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