Michael explains the difference that sensory equipment makes to son Lucas' anxiety

Lucas, who is 13 and from Yorkshire, is an identical twin. His diagnoses include severe autism, refractory epilepsy, global development delay and severe learning and behavioral difficulties. Like so many disabled children, Lucas also has severe anxiety.

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Dad Michael told us:

“Lucas has a long list of disabilities. He is so loving and happy most of the time, however, Lucas also has anxiety, which means he can get extremely frustrated at times and also aggressive. Lucas’s anxiety and mental health issues have worsened over the years. He can become extremely anxious and then get upset and lash out at teaching staff and ourselves.”

I think having the right support and equipment can make a difference, especially for anxiety issues. Lucas now has access to sensory equipment, and while this does not completely take away his problems, it greatly helps him relax, settle and calm down.”

Anxiety disorders form a category of mental health diagnoses that lead to excessive nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worry. These disorders alter how a person processes emotions and behaves, also causing physical symptoms.