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Thiran’s Story

‘In October 2005, Thiran started at Rutherford School.  That opportunity was introduced to us by Lisa Taylor the Speech and Language Therapist at the Crystal Centre.  Our whole family life changed at this point.  At this time Thiran was almost 6 years old although he was very, very small.   I recall Tessa Ring was the Head and she welcomed us and made us feel at home, as did all of the staff.

 After that point we learned through the nursing team all about gastrostomy feeding, fundoplication and the wheelchair services – all different types of medical support and therapy needs.  Actually we were so happy to see that Thiran was able to enjoy his life and his quality of life improved significantly.

 From thereon in Thiran was socialising and he began to vocalise more and more – nothing was going to stop him now!

Life changed so much, the school were able to support us through our immigration status by providing the appropriate information about Thiran for the Judge and words cannot express how much this has changed our family’s future.

 To be honest without the holistic approach which is delivered by the school and Thiran’s subsequent progress across all areas, our family situation would undoubtedly be very different. 

 Our introduction to Rutherford School has changed and improved our whole family’s outlook beyond expectation and we no longer live in fear of the future for Thiran.’

Nilka Madurapperuma