"Regan loves getting her letters. She rushes home to check the post box. She gets so excited to see where he has been."
Welcome to Banjito stories volume 2! This week we're meeting Diane and her daughter Regan. Diane got in touch as Regan has ADHD and ASD and Banjo is helping her get her confidence back...
How do you think Banjo’s letters help with your daughter’s confidence and the issues she might face in a more conventional learning environment?
Regan struggles with her additional needs. She struggles socially too. Writing to Banjo gives her a friend she can talk to. We also keep the letters very positive. She never writes about a bad day, so it celebrates her successes and builds up her confidence. She struggles with literacy, so this gives us a creative outlet to write. She tries hard to write it herself. It gives her a sense of accomplishment.
How did you first hear about Banjo?
Facebook! It popped up as an advert and i signed up straight away.
How did you introduce the concept of Banjo to your daughter?
We just waited for the first letter. As we put in information about our cat, she thinks Banjo met our cat and that's how he got our address. It's very magical. The first letter introduces everything perfectly.
"If you are thinking about it, do it. It teaches social skills, literacy, geography with the big map in a fun and interactive way."
How did she react to Banjo’s letters?
Regan loves getting her letters. She rushes home to check the post box. She gets so excited to see where he has been.
Do you add a PS to the letters?
Yes. It's a lovely way to personalise the letter and create a natural dialogue.
Anything else you’d like to add / message for other parents?
If you are thinking about it, do it. It teaches social skills, literacy, geography with the big map in a fun and interactive way.
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