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National recognition for inspirational Skipton girl

National recognition for inspirational Skipton girl

Published at 7:01am 31st March 2017.

An 8-year-old Skipton girl has been honoured for her commitment to developing other children's communication skills.  

Charlotte Seth has Joubert Syndrome, a rare disorder affecting the brain, causing varying degrees of physical, mental impairments and a visual impairment. She uses a wheelchair and speaks through a high-tech computer with a little sign language, vocalisations and non-verbal communication.

Charlotte was recently highly commended in the Shine a Light Awards in London, which celebrate excellent practice in supporting children and young people's communication development.

In the past year she's spoken at three regional conferences. Charlotte's also given presentations on how she communicates and what people can do to support young people like her. 

In addition to all of this, in the past year Charlotte has set up a business - Charlotte's Lovely Things - making fused glass artworks.

Charlotte said: "I feel excited and happy." 

Her Mum Helen said: "We're hugely proud of her, it's just amazing. She's a hugely determined little girl and just to see her being able to do what she does is fantastic. 

"For Charlotte to be able to have that communication for herself is fantastic. But for her to be able to show other people, to show other parents what their child could do, to show professionals working with young people, is something I'm very passionate about. It's really important." 

Octavia Holland, Director of The Communication Trust, said: "Congratulations to Charlotte and everyone who triumphed at the Shine a Light Awards. They have shown what can be achieved when expertise, enthusiasm and dedication is given to children and young people who struggle to communicate."