Midlothian Visiting service continues to work closely with Rian, who is flourishing and recent activities have only added to his happy character.

Support Practitioner Craig Purves, who sees Rian regularly, has been making things for him, which is enriching his time.  

This has included a picture book about Rian to assist in introducing him to any future support practitioners.

Craig said: “I created a picture book for Rian and staff. I thought this would be a good way of staff getting to really understand his personality, and his sense of humour. I’ve called it, ‘It’s Only A Joke,’ as this is a phrase me and Rian and I use.” 

A rainbow sensory ribbon was also made by Craig. It is used by Rian as a sensory comfort aid.

Craig said: “Rian is enjoying using it. He can twirl, shake, spin and wave it around. He is finding it a visual sensory delight. Rian really enjoys twiddling it and it helps him focus.”

Craig also made a key ring with family photos received from Rian’s Mum. Rian can look at these anytime, and on receiving the photos was very happy flicking through them for a long time.


Craig said: “He looks at the photos often, as he has been missing his family during lockdown.”

The service also purchased some new garden furniture for Rian so he has somewhere to sit in the garden.

Craig said: “Rian liked his new furniture but enjoyed playing with the box it arrived in too!”


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