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Welcome to Little Hiccups
Little Hiccups is a Leeds based support group that has been set up by parents who have children with additional needs and disabilities.
Thirteen years ago Linsay, the founder of Little Hiccups gave birth to her little boy, full of the joys of becoming a parent and filled with all of the dreams and aspirations for their lives ahead…. those dreams were shattered just a few days afterwards as they very nearly lost their boy. They spent the following weeks in PICU before finally bringing their son home, only to keep returning to the LGI as the extent of his injuries came apparent. Jack had been left with scarring all over his brain, resulting in him having severe cortical visual impairment, he cannot sit, stand, hold up his head, or use his hands. He cannot speak (though he can certainly vocalise and express his teenage strops! He is fed via a gastrostomy, has a very difficult to treat form of Epilepsy called Lennox Gastaut Syndrome which means he has 20-30 seizures a day of every different kind and his condition is life limiting. All that said, he is the most loving and inspirational boy we have ever met.”
The journey he has taken Linsay on since then has been a roller coaster. He is also the inspiration behind Little Hiccups. In fact, he is the reason behind the Little Hiccups name. The name came about because when Jack was first born he appeared to be having ‘little hiccups’. We later found out they were seizures and this was the start of our journey ….
It is through personal experience we recognise the importance of allowing parents and families of a child with an additional needs/disability the opportunity to meet people in similar situations, to make friends and support each other.
We know that to every family that this is an individual journey but we also recognise the importance of sharing the events of that journey with other people in similar situations. We offer a range of support from our Outreach Programme for those families that are just not quite ready to come to one of our sessions. But for those that are, we offer support a variety of support from Stay n Play to monthly Family Fun Days.
Weekly Stay n’ Play for under 5’s for children with additional needs and disabilities. We aim to provide a place where parents/carers can go with their children where they can relax in a safe environment and meet other families in similar circumstances.
A weekend Family Fun Day out and about on a monthly basis for all the family (and our special children that have started school!) that cannot make the weekly session and because we recognise that the whole family is involved. Our goal is also to show that there are no limits to having fun!
Not all Parents/Carers feel comfortable in group situations. Having a disabled child can be a real roller coaster of emotions and finding the strength to take that first step towards accepting the reality can be very daunting. For those Parents/Carers who don’t yet feel ready, we are happy to meet them for a relaxed and friendly chat over coffee with our Outreach Service because sometimes making that first contact can be a big step forward!
Finding out that your child has an additional need or disability can be overwhelming. Little Hiccups is here to support and guide you through all the information and to signpost you to other services. This includes links to Third Party Charities and Companies including-
Max Cards – providing discounts for fostered and disabled children
The Principle Trust Holidays – Based in Skipton, North Yorkshire The Principle Trust Children’s Charity aim is to help improve the quality of life of children from across Yorkshire who are underprivileged, disadvantaged, or disabled through the provision of free holidays and respite breaks.
“We recently hired the Medium Delta when ‘O’ had a hip problem start overnight and he couldn’t walk at all. All the Little Hiccups team were great when I rang in a flap as we were struggling to carry 30kgs of child around everywhere. The Delta was great. It was comfortable for ‘O’, practical for our lifestyle, especially at the farm and easy to use. Thank you for your help Little Hiccups. ‘O’ didn’t want to return the Delta so I’m sure we will be hiring one again soon!”
Little Hiccups is a lifeline when you’re in a world that feels like it doesn’t understand. There’s always someone who will take time to listen and support with a smile.
I wanted to meet parents that would understand.
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