“I am emailing to thank you for seeing us yesterday. It was really good to find someone with such expertise and compassion and I think W feels that you understand him, which is so crucial.”
(mother of 14 year old boy with newly diagnosed ADHD, West Midlands, September 2017)
“Just want to say Thank you for the phone call last night. Lovely to hear your friendly voice again !
It was a massive help to speak to you Your so amazing at what you do. Thank you so much Jo xxx”
(parents of 8 year old girl with known autism but ongoing severe anxiety and school difficulties needing phone support, Kent, September 2017)
“I think the medication is good for him , so does L " it works for his world " he told us”
(mother of 11 year old boy with newly diagnosed autism and severe anxiety, now treated with Propranolol, Nottingham, September 2017)
“Dr Jones made the very most of the time we had with her. She was brilliant with D, made him feel relaxed so that he could be honest with her and allow an examination. D has a complex history as a lot has happened since he was born but she covered as much as she could in the time we were with her. I personally felt like a doctor was listening to all concerns. Our problem has been trying to get one person to look at the behavioural as well as the physical possible problems for D and Jo was doing just that. We now feel, one step at a time, we will get the best support for D going forward.
Also, I must say, communication to and from the office and support staff has been very good. Thank you.”
(mother of 11 year old boy with complex medical history and problems with day time wetting, Worcestershire, September 2017)
“I just wanted to e-mail you as K has started high school this week and what a different experience it has been!!
The propranolol seems to have really helped. Although he has still been a little anxious (mainly over sensory issues with uniform) he has been able to think about ways to resolve this and calmed so much quicker than he has ever done before. K has also started to eat without it becoming an issue and has put on weight which is amazing. We are so grateful for all your help Jo.
My doctor is very happy to work alongside you and said it is such a shame we don't have you in Leeds. He is very happy that we are finally getting the help we need for K.
With greatest thanks again ”
(mother of 11 year old boy with known autism, presenting with intense anxiety (now treated with Propranolol) and also clear features suggesting impairing ADHD, Yorkshire, September 2017)
I'm sending you this email feeling very emotional I'm just desperate to tell that L has gone back to school and has been moved up 2nd from top in English and also been moved up a set in Maths. Today she was made House Prefect! Her entire house voted for her! And lastly she has her guaranteed place to go up to XXX (major secondary school) in Year 7.
I cannot thank you enough Jo you have changed L's life, you have changed all our lives! Thank you! I feel so much love, you are amazing! ”
(mother of 10 year old girl with newly diagnosed and now treated ADHD plus extremely challenging behaviour with social difficulties, West Midlands, September 2017)
“Every aspect of the service provided by Dr Jones and her team has been exceptional from my initial enquiry through obtaining all the feedback required to our consultation. Dr Jones was particularly good with our son and made him and us all feel at ease. I feel relieved that we have found a doctor who can help my son and potentially improve his academic and social outcomes through her treatment and monitoring.”
(mother of 14 year old boy with newly diagnosed ADHD, Warwickshire, September 2017)
“I said we were going to see Dr Jo and they were so excited they cheered! He loves coming.”
(mother of 10 year old boy with vastly improved bed wetting and his younger sister, Warwickshire, August 2017)
“Hi Dr Jo, It was lovely to meet you last week and we are happy to report that the melatonin tablets have had a tremendous impact on M’s sleep.”
(mother of 7 year old boy with poor sleep and diagnosed autism, West Midlands, August 2017)
“You’re an absolute breathe of fresh air. We have been so let down by services in our area, to the point where their intervention had eroded our daughter’s already fragile self-esteem and significantly increased her anxiety. You are the only person that has ever spoken to her and asked her how she feels but most-importantly you listened to her too, thank you! You explaining to her that she isn’t ‘naughty’ or choosing to lash out at us when she is anxious has made such a huge difference. She’s actually started to seem more content with who she is and is even trying to talk (via text) with us about her anxiety and autism. We were dubious as to what difference you could make when my friend recommended you to us, however we now have hope and our little girl’s sparkle is slowly coming back.
Al started on the medication the day after we saw you, and we increased the dose last week as discussed. It does seem to be visibly helping her, she has been less hyper and agitated in herself although she is struggling this week and having a few meltdowns they aren’t lasting as long and are not as intensive as normal.”
(parents of 9 year old daughter with autism and extreme anxiety, now treated with Propranolol as part of a multi-faceted approach to anxiety management, East Yorkshire, August 2017)
It was wonderful to meet you to. I can't thank you enough for what you are doing. The way you connected with A was just fantastic, he really liked you, he normally gets ignored when we see Dr's etc. ”
(mother of 10 year old boy with newly diagnosed ADHD and likely PDA variant of autism, Warwickshire, August 2017)
“Thanks so much for your time with M yesterday. You might have heard her as she left your office - she said ‘that’s the best doctor’s appointment I’ve ever had!’. She’s a harsh judge, so that’s very high praise. All in all, it was a very enlightening discussion for me! Hopefully shedding some light on all of this might help us both to understand it and figure out a way through it. ”
(mother of 10 year old girl with newly diagnosed ADHD and likely PDA variant of autism, West Midlands, August 2017)
“Thank you so much for all the information you gave me yesterday. I have to admit it is the first time that M has really spoken about how she feels, she clearly felt comfortable with you. ”
(mother of 10 year old girl with suspected autism, Worcestershire, August 2017)
“Thanks for yesterday so lovely to meet you at last.
It's fantastic that somebody is finally listening, just a shame the so called specialists on the NHS have failed D so badly ”
(mother of 6 year old boy with severe behavioural difficulties newly diagnosed ADHD and likely autism, Shropshire, August 2017)
“Jo, without using too many words I just wanted to say a big thank you for being amazing!
I love that you are so intuitive that you are able to get the specific information you need to help our children. You are intelligent, human and caring - albeit a little impatient at times!! 😊 Who cares!!
You are the only Practitioner other than our GP who listens to the child and parent with kindness, understanding and without judgement.
All our children need a 'Jo.'!”
(mother of 14 year old boy with severe anxiety, depression and underlying very likely high functioning autism, Gloucestershire, August 2017)
“I sent a friend your way and they are so so glad they came to see you. I can tell they now have some hope back for their little girl being treated well by a professional and it is so lovely to see so I wanted to thank you for being so fab! ”
(mother of 12 year old boy with autism after a personal recommendation to another family, Humberside, August 2017)
“It was lovely to meet you today. A seems much more content within herself after seeing you, what you said to her really seems to have given her food for thought.”
(mother of 9 year old girl with known autism but severe anxiety and aggression, Hull, August 2017)
“You’re the first doctor or professional who has ever actually talked to A despite 3 years of CAMHS. It has been wonderful.”
(parents of 9 year old girl with known autism and severe anxiety and aggression, Yorkshire, August 2017)
“Dear Jo and Nikki,
It was a pleasure to meet you both for D's assessment. Thank you for your insightful and carefully observed reports.
What a contrast to our experience with XXX (major London teaching hospital). We all felt respected and heard rather than patronised and dismissed.
Thank you for treating D with respect and listening to him so carefully, Nikki. Jo, thank you for listening and understanding and helping us understand the difference between PDA and D's situation.
I think it has made a big difference for him to be treated as an young adult by you both. He feels involved in what happened rather than it being done to him. We can see him really trying hard to manage his anxiety as we prepare to go away on holiday. Now he has been understood and respected he seems more able and willing to put effort in to seeing the bigger picture and working with us. It must be reassuring for him to have a reason now for his differences and feel he can understand himself.”
(parents of 14 year old boy newly diagnosed with classic-type autistic spectrum disorder, London, July 2107)
“I'm very happy to report that in his end of year exams he exceeded all expectations and was even sent to the headmaster to be congratulated! His confidence has soared and I am so proud of him
Thank you for all your support.”
(mother of 15 year old boy after diagnosis of and treatment for ADHD, Warwickshire, July 2017)
“Thank you so much to you and Nikki for yesterday. It's so refreshing to be understood and listened to. We really valued the time we spent with you.”
(parents of 7 year old girl with newly diagnosed autism, Manchester, July 2017)
“Thank you Jo! I cannot express how grateful we are for how much you've helped our daughter. Thanks to your correct diagnosis, she is now cured of her terrible coughing fits. This has made a huge difference to not only her, but our whole family.
You were kind and welcoming from the outset and made the most of a relatively short appointment to find out all the important facts, as well as taking the time to examine L. As a Mum of three you clearly understand what it's like to be a concerned parent. You gave a very clear explanation of what reflux was and described the reasons behind the recommended treatment. I realise now that L's problem was relatively simple to diagnose and treat, but this by no means meant that a paediatrician appointment wasn't necessary. The problem had been previously misdiagnosed by 3 successive GPs (first as hay-fever, second as a milk allergy, and third as repeated viral infections). If we hadn't come to you, L would most likely still be coughing. I am just sorry we weren't able to see you earlier due to your (understandably) long waiting list.”
(mother of 6 month old baby girl with chronic cough due to reflux, Warwickshire, July 2017)
“I just wanted to thank you again for your help. You are one of the few professionals that we have met that I feel has taken the time to truly understand F.”
(mother of 7 year old boy with newly diagnosed PDA variant of autism and ADHD, Staffordshire, July 2017)
“As early as the initial email reply from Dr Jones, following our enquiry, we felt listened too, understood & that at last we were able to get Z properly assessed to find out why he has these behaviours as prior to this, no one would listen to us & we were basically told it was bad parenting. Jo emailed any questions that we had asked promptly & was always very helpful & understanding. A fantastic service. Thank you all so much.”
(parents of 6 year old boy with newly diagnosed autism, Essex July 2017)
“Hi Jo, I wanted to say how lovely it was to meet you today, and how very much I appreciated your honest and open approach.”
(mother of 11 year old boy with newly diagnosed ADHD and suspected variant of Autism, Wales, June 2017)
“I want to start by saying thank you so much for meeting us and the support you have given. The medication has helped A.”
Mother of 6 year old boy with likely autism and severe anxiety, treated with Propranolol successfully, West Midlands, June 2017)
“Jo - just wanted to say a big thanks your time on Tuesday and for squeezing us in. It was great to have a calm considered voice.”
(parents of 19 month old boy with likely coeliac disease, Warwickshire, June 2017)
“Jo is incredibly experienced, not afraid to give her honest opinion and she gets straight to the point and always gets it – she listens, shows understanding and goes above and beyond with follow up. She’s a pleasure to deal with and never patronises. She ultimately has a clear passion for what she does and I have more confidence in her than any other health professional I have visited for any purpose. I wouldn’t trust my kids with anyone else for assessing and treating autism which is why we are such return customers. Please don’t ever retire!!! ”
(mother of 9 year old girl with the demand avoidant variant of autism, with a second daughter due assessment, Yorkshire, June 2017)
“We just wanted to say thank you both so much for seeing us all yesterday. Sorry for the blubbering, but think the relief of being finally listened too & recognising these things in Z just opened up the flood gates. Now we have had time to process things, we are feeling positive for the future & look forward to seeing your full reports detailing everything. Again thanks for yesterday, your both amazing!! ”
(parents of 6 year old boy with newly diagnosed autistic spectrum disorder and severe anxiety, Essex, June 2017)
“Jo is excellent. Spot on with her diagnosis which is thorough & professional. She is highly qualified & experienced. She demonstrates a pleasant & easy manner showing great understanding, empathy & support. She is superb in a crisis & responds immediately.
We would naturally highly recommend her as she has been a huge help to our daughter & us as a family. ”
(mother of 9 year old girl with complex past and ADHD, West Midlands, June 2017)
“Jo I just wanted you to know that from my point of view you achieved more with S in that hour than CAMHS have in a year! ..at last it feels as if we are getting some answers!”
(mother of 14 year old boy with as yet undiagnosed but evident high-functioning autism, serious self-harm and extreme anxiety, West Country, June 2017)
“I just wanted to send a personal thank you for today, along with all The explanation you went through with myself and J about D's areas of strength and struggles, It was an absolute pleasure to meet you. 😊 D was quickly calmed by your soft tone and allowing him time to come to you. ”
(mother of 10 year old boy with known autism and suspected ADHD and dyspraxia, Warwickshire, June 2017)
“I always feel so anxious about what to do for the best with Z. But whenever I see Jo or even correspond with her I immediately feel a weight is lifted & she totally understands, advises & supports both me & Z. She speaks to him directly & does everything possible to make him at ease . The key is she listens & then makes a plan accordingly. This has never happened before, particularly through the 5yrs we attended CAHMS.
The correspondence, emails, responses, reports are all sent in a timely manor & are detailed & excellent. I don’t have any thing that could be improved upon.”
(mother of 11 year old boy with ADHD and likely autism, West Midlands, June 2017)
“Hi Jo - thank you so much for yesterday - you were truly amazing with R. She is looking forward to starting and hopefully getting a little more mental calm! Many thanks again - it was a real pleasure to meet you! ”
(mother of 10 year old girl with newly diagnosed ADHD about to start treatment, Gloucestershire, June 2017)
“Jo provides the experience, reassurance, proactivity and consistency of care that is, in our experience, simply not available via the NHS any longer. Jo is also flexible with appointment locations and timings, which is necessary for parents to fit around work and also for children, especially as they get older, to fit around exams/school/college/driving lessons/part-time jobs etc. etc. Again, the NHS does not do this – recently we were forced to choose between J attending an NHS appt or resitting an exam. In the end, we chose the NHS appointment, as otherwise we would have been discharged from the service, when it had taken over a year to get the initial appointment! There was no empathy or understanding from the NHS about J’s resit exam, so we were forced to choose between health and education, which Jo Jones would never expect us to do. Jo has provided enormous support and understanding of our son’s medical problems and wider needs and has got to know us and him so we always have a feeling of overwhelming confidence when we see Jo. Jo is also very responsive and we can contact her outside of appointment time, and she always helps us, no matter how large or small the problem is. In response to problems/issues of a wide-ranging nature, Jo always does exactly what she says she will do within a day or two – this is so very reassuring and supportive at what can be stressful times. I could not possibly recommend Jo highly enough.”
(parents of 17 year old young man with autism and ADHD, West Midlands, June 2017)
“Lovely bedside manner, I liked it that everything was directed at E.
Straightforward explanations and treatment options.”
(mother of 11 year old girl with migraine, Warwickshire, June 2017)
“Jo was friendly, put D at ease, was able to make light of a sensitive subject, and gave us both her full attention for the full appointment time of 30 minutes. She took personal interest in D and was comprehensive and thorough in her examination. She asked that she be called Jo (again making it a more personal interaction). I know Jo has a long waiting list, but this is a sign of how good she is.”
(mother of 15 year old young man with chronic diarrhoea, Warwickshire, June 2017)
“Hello, I’d like to thank both yourself and Dr Nicki Mills for your work, enabling us to move on with our lives and start getting L’s needs met within education. I am hugely relived that the ball is finally beginning to roll in education, after battling the system for so long. So thank you very much for your work which will change our lives for the better. Warmest wishes”
(Mother of 8 year old girl with huge aggression now diagnosed with high functioning autistic spectrum disorder, Worcestershire, May 2017)
“C has been on his tablets for a little under two weeks. We have been impressed with him taking them without too much fuss. He seems okay, little change at home thus far, but a noticeable change at school, so much so we are a bit stunned. He has had a teacher's award, a head teachers award and a hand written note (unheard of,) from the HT in that time!”
(mother of 10 year old boy with newly diagnosed and treated ADHD, Coventry, May 2017)
“I would recommend dr jones to friends and family. When we walked in I could tell my son felt at ease. It was very welcoming and dr jones was very friendly and helped us feel at ease.
I found dr jones very thorough and her questions answered all of my questions if that makes sense. I had a list of pages and pages long but the way dr jones asked her questions I actually didn't need to refer to my lists of notes.
I wished we had gone private years ago.
I'm so thankful to dr jones. The melintone has worked wonders. Within half an hour of taking his tablet his eyes are heavy and he's yawning. He is asleep within an hour and a half. In the mornings he is awake with the family and eats breakfast with us and no more angery outbursts due to being so tired.
A big Thankyou .”
(mother of 12 year old boy with newly diagnosed autism and ADHD, plus Melatonin prescribed for chronic sleep issues, Worcestershire, May 2017)
“Jo is incredibly supportive and balances medical diagnosis with a thorough appreciation of the context of children’s lives and appreciates how diagnosis made affects family life. I have known Jo now for a number of years and her support, no nonsense approach, balancing empathy with pragmatism has un-wavered during this time. Jo is always at the end of an email should I need some advice and is incredibly generous with her time”
(mother of 15 year old boy with ADHD, Leicestershire, May 2017)
“From start to finish Dr Jones and her Team were excellent in both finding a time to see our daughter outside of normal clinic hours and with prompt communication throughout. All of our concerns were addressed during our consult and any queries we had, both during the consult, and after for clarification, were addressed very quickly which was brilliant. It made a stressful situation very manageable and has really helped us get to the bottom of our daughters intolerance.”
(mother of 3 month old baby girl with milk intolerance, Warwickshire, May 2017)
“We were very pleased with both of our appointments with Jo. She was very good with J and made him feel at ease on both occasions. I know I came armed with a whole raft of concerns and Jo was very good at trying to get to the main cause of the problem. We both felt that from over 7 years of meeting with other professionals we had actually met someone that was trying to help us.”
(parents of 10 year old boy with dyspraxia and learning problems, West Midlands, May 2017)
“I could literally burst with pride at how well he's doing with the fast acting ones. Flew through 2 big pages of writing yesterday! Verbs and adjectives! I couldn't believe it.
Thankyou Jo. I'm getting glimpses of my amazing boy poking through and it's just brilliant”
(mother of 10 year old boy with newly diagnosed and newly treated ADHD, Worcestershire, May 2017)
“I am so emotional, I had to share this with you.
R was given a special award in school by the headteacher today. For making the most progress in the whole school! Wow just wow.
Sats on Monday which she has worked so hard towards. I am just bursting with pride. Forever grateful for you support.
Warmest wishes xx”
(10 year old girl who was 3 years behind academically, diagnosed with and treated for ADHD and now fully caught up, West Midlands, May 2017)
“Good morning Jo.
I would like to say a very big thank you for all you did during our appointment yesterday. It's such a relief to have a definite diagnosis and a greater understanding. Many thanks ”
(father of 12 year old with newly diagnosed ADHD and very likely autism, Northamptonshire, May 2017)
“We felt that Jo was one of the few professionals we had seen that actually listened to our concerns about our son? We felt he had a complicated presentation and this had meant he wasn't getting any support. We had no diagnosis at this stage. Jo immediately saw what the issues were and gave us prompt feedback. She then fought our corner and ensured our son got what he needed. He has blossomed since and loves his visits. It's been life changing for him and a huge relief for us to finally feel we are supporting him in the most appropriate manner. We are utterly delighted with the service we received from all the team. Becky is always helpful and gets back to me with any queries promptly.”
(parents of 9 year old boy with autism and ADHD, Staffordshire, May 2017)
“Jo and her team were nothing but professional and friendly from the first contact right through to the assessment appointment and during the days afterward. They also responded quickly to any correspondence. We felt Jo really listened to us and was very thorough. She put all of us at ease very quickly.”
(parents of 9 year old girl diagnosed with high functioning autism, Gloucestershire, May 2017)
“Jo was kind and careful, she took the time to listen carefully to what we had to say and she was excellent at talking to and reassuring O. We felt that Jo not only knew what she was doing but actually cared!”
(parents of 12 year old boy with possible epileptic seizures, Warwickshire, May 2017)
“I can't begin to thank you enough for your support, we really really appreciate everything you have done/are doing to help us. It was Kath (school counsellor) who recommended you to us and I am so thankful she did!! ”
(mother of 6 year old with now diagnosed classic-type autism, plus ADHD plus callous and unemotional traits, West Midlands, May 2017)
“She says she feels more focussed and can concentrate for longer periods of time! It's really helped over the last two weeks during the holiday to get stuck in with revision. ”
(mother of 16 year old girl newly diagnosed with and treated for ADHD, West Midlands, April 2017)
“Thank you again for such a thorough and in depth consultation yesterday, we really appreciated all the time you gave us.”
(mother of 6 year old boy with very likely autistic spectrum disorder, Somerset, April 2017)
“Thank you so much for your help today, both yourself and nikki were so helpful and good with F and we are so grateful!
And thank you so much for guiding us through the process so patiently! I'm so glad we came to see you, it was the best decision and it's a relief to have answers at long last.”
(parents of 7 year old boy with the PDA variant of autism, plus ADHD, Staffordshire, April 2017)
“Jo was extremely accommodating and offered to see me despite her clinic being booked up for months. I think Jo sensed my desperation and helped to ensure that my son received the appropriate medication for his reflux after the GP was reluctant to prescribe it. In addition to this, Jo gave me confidence and assured me which as a first time Mum was really appreciated. Jo has a wonderfully warm and pragmatic style and I can't thank her enough for the support and help she has given me in just one appointment and email communication. There are no areas which I think could be improved as my experience was excellent.”
(mother of young baby boy with severe reflux, Warwickshire, April 2017)
“We wanted to let you know that since we saw you in December, and you prescribed Propranolol for O, we have seen a positive change in O's behaviour. The number of violent meltdowns experienced by O has been significantly reduced and if he does experience a meltdown the intensity and duration are also reduced. O has independently acknowledged that his tablets 'are helping him', and this has helped him co-operate with the 'demand' of taking his tablets twice daily.”
(parents of 11 year old boy with the PDA variant of autism after anxiety management including Propranolol for anxiety, Warwickshire, April 2017)
“Dr Jo Jones is a very professional and friendly lady. I felt very comfortable with her and so did D. He commented to me that she was a lovely lady. I felt that I could tell her anything. She was very understanding and obviously knows what she's talking about.”
(mother of 9 year old boy with probable migraine variant, Oxfordshire, April 2017)
“Thank you so much again for your time this morning and for seeing A at such short notice, I can't tell you how grateful I am. It was so lovely to meet you and I'm so relieved that I'm not just being a neurotic mother.
Thank you so much again.”
(mother of 13 week old baby boy with reflux, Worcestershire, April 2017).
“Thanks so much for the assessment you did. From the start it felt really positive that we could arrange appointments directly with you both, and that even though it was a really difficult process, we had a bit of control over when things happened, such as having a separate appointment for L, which really helped.
You were both really good with L and put her at ease which made the process as easy for her as possible.
Now that she has her diagnosis we have been able to talk to her about it and she seems really positive about it. She woke up on World Autism Day and the first thing she said was 'Its World Autism Day Mummy, so I think I'd like to start with breakfast in bed please!' And we had an outing that she chose as a celebration. She is starting to understand why things are difficult for her sometimes and instead of saying 'I'm stupid and horrible' she now says 'this is tricky for me because I have autism', and I can't tell you how much that means, thank you”
(mother of 7 year old girl with newly diagnosed autism, Warwickshire, April 2017)
“Jo was really friendly and easy to strike up a rapport with. Considering my daughter’s anxiety and inability to talk to professionals, Jo had a natural flare to make her feel at ease. Jo was extremely thorough in her examination and subsequent report and I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending her to anyone.”
(mother of 16 year old girl with possible Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, severe anxiety and very likely high functioning autistic spectrum disorder, Warwickshire, March 2017)
“Jo was amazing; she was welcoming, thorough, evidently knowledgeable and it was a relief to be moving forward in our quest for answers. C also seemed to be "lighter" afterwards, like he has got a load off his chest or understood a bit more. I also thought the environment was relaxed and informal, which I think helped us all relax and have a more open discussion. I didn’t feel judged, or nervous about laying cards on the table.
The only feedback I could give was that I couldn’t “prep” C and we had had some difficulties earlier in the week, where he didn’t want to attend and I couldn’t brief him on what to expect and I had no clue myself how the morning would go. However, I understand that there might be good reasons for this and it was interesting to see Jo checking C out straight away, as he helped her make the tea and she was no doubt observing him from the outset.”
(mother of 10 year old boy now diagnosed with ADHD and autism, West Midlands, March 2017)
“Thanks for seeing us yesterday, it's such a pleasure to talk to a person who completely understands what the heck we are talking about! Driving back home I felt like a huge weight was lifted. I also wanted to make sure you know what a huge difference your help has made , not only to S, but the family as a whole. ”
(mother of 9 year old boy with the PDA variant of autism and ADHD, West Midlands, March 2017)
“A massive thank you to Jo for the talk on Saturday. It was so helpful and easy to follow.”
(mother of 8 year old boy with newly diagnosed ADHD, West Midlands, after ‘ADHD research chat’ group session, March 2017)
“Thank you so much for your time this morning. It was such a relief talking to someone who "gets it"!”
(mother of 18 year old young woman with newly diagnosed ADHD, Warwickshire, March 2017)
“Just wanted to thank you for last Saturday. It was very informative and from my professional point inspiring.
I've thought long and hard about how some of the other parents were thinking and about how I have felt as a parent talking to school about ADHD over the last few years and I have decided to educate my own staff via inset about my experiences and research. It is so important that teachers have a better understanding. It's a drop in the ocean in the big scheme of things I know, but who knows how many children's self esteem it will protect in the long run.”
(teacher-mother of 15 year old boy after recent group ADHD research chat, West Midlands, March 2017)
“I has responded so well to the medication, meltdowns are now a rarity as opposed to a daily occurrence I can count on one hand how many since he started the pills, I'm so pleased!!!! The 2-3 times he has had issues it hasn't escalated and it was nothing like beforehand. I've been so busy with work as I'm now doing double my previous hours which I'm positive wouldn't have been possible before because I was forever dealing with issues and school etc.
I can't thank you enough for your help it has changed our whole household for the better we are all so much calmer and not walking on eggshells all the time.
Thank you so much”
(mother of 11 year old boy with likely autism and severe rages and meltdowns , now treated with Propranolol, Nottinghamshire, March 2017)
“It went very well. Incredible doctor!
(mother of 7 year old girl with tummy aches and nausea, Warwickshire, March 2107)
“I had M’s parents evening on Friday it was the first time I've come out of one feeling positive , her teacher said he's really happy she's starting to come on she's moved up 2 phonics groups , is starting to understand numbers and can reads more basic words .. still can't write much but is confident it will start coming on soon , she now sits on the rug when asked in the morning rather than wondering around and if he teaches her something she can relay it back the next day. And when she has a 'wobbles' as he out it's she seems to be calming quicker.
He said it refreshing to see medication been used in a way that just helps a child enough in school but doesn't change her at all .”
(mother of 7 year old girl with learning difficulties and ADHD, now treated with medication, Warwickshire, March 2017)
“We really are so incredibly grateful for all you've done and the help you've given in all matters since first contacting you (and the rest of the team also)”
(parents of 8 year old boy with newly diagnosed autistic spectrum disorder and dyspraxia, Cambridgeshire, March 2017)
“Parents we spoke with felt informed and their children were treated as individuals. We rated it outstanding for caring and responsiveness. We rated this service as outstanding.”
Care Quality Commission (CQC) assessing Children and young people’s services, including assessing my clinics, report March 2017)
“Thank you very much for your detailed medical report for A. Likewise it was great to meet you.
Since leaving the clinic two weeks ago we've followed your advice and thankfully, for the whole two weeks she hasn't woken up even once with a cough or a wheeze!! It was great to meet you and the way we have been helped by yourself has taken such a weight off our minds. We definitely feel we made the right choice in coming to see you. Many thanks.”
(parents of 6 year old girl with newly diagnosed asthma, West Midlands, March 2017)
“I would like to say I would recommend Dr Jones to friends and family. She was fantastic with M and discussed in detail my sons diagnosis.”
(mother of 9 year old boy with known autism and severe anxiety and tics, Birmingham, March 2017)
“E thinks that you are ABSOLUTELY GREAT - which is high praise indeed from the committed doctor detester”
(mother of 13 year old girl with autism and anxiety, Warwickshire, March 2017)
“Whilst under the ADHD medication, J has been a lot calmer. At school his class teacher has said that she's seen things this week that she knows he would of been physical with and it's gone over his head.
He has started to complete his school work and tasks which he hasn't done before, he doesn't complete them fully but he's accepting the work and starting to concentrate.
At home he's been much calmer during the day, when the medication wears off he's violent still and goes back to his prior behaviour which I expected. The progress is good as he's been on the medication around 1 and half weeks. ”
(mother of 9 year old boy with the PDA variant of autism and newly treated ADHD, West Midlands, March 2017)
“Thank you for seeing us today, its such a relief to hear your diagnosis. For me, its a cumulation of 4 years knowing J found things hard but not knowing what and constantly having teachers dismiss my concerns and feeling like an overprotective mum! ”
(mother of 8 year old boy withy dyspraxia and autistic spectrum disorder, Warwickshire, March 2017)
“After a difficult start due to E refusing to take the tablets or spitting them out things are going really well. She now takes them every time and is starting to see the benefits herself. She has stopped trashing the house and swears less. She is still quite verbally and physically aggressive towards us but these incidents are much shorter lived and do not spiral out of control as they have been for a long time. She is also willing to discuss/ reflect a little on how she is feeling albeit at a very surface level. So as you can imagine we are over the moon.”
(parents of 9 year old girl with the PDA variant of autism and severe anxiety and rages now treated with Propranolol, Mid Wales, February 2017)
“Jo you have helped us to understand A's ADHD so much better. You are so easy to talk to and really offer a bespoke service. We feel privileged that A is one of your patients and incredibly lucky that we found you. For years we have tried to figure out the best route for A and have been met with ridiculous obstacles every step of the way. We met you and the rest is history as you sent us on a very clear path of how best to support A. Our lives have changed beyond recognition since meeting you. Thank you so very very much.”
(mother of 13 year old boy with severe inattentive ADHD, Wiltshire, February 2017)
“H is a different child on the beta blockers much more happier and almost no outbursts of either violence or shouting do so it's definitely working.
I can't believe the difference in H it's lovely to be around her and I'm not worried about waking up and facing a very stressed little girl anymore!!”
(mother of 9 year old girl with newly diagnosed autism and extreme anxiety and anger (treated with Propranolol), Warwickshire, February 2017)
“Hi Jo, It was such a pleasure to meet you today. You were very kind and understanding and this is much appreciated. It has been such a long journey over many years. Thank you so much.”
(mother of 13 year old with newly diagnosed High Functioning Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Northamptonshire, February 2017)
“J and I very much appreciated the time you spent with us last week, it was really worthwhile and I'm so glad we were able to see you. Thank you very much.”
(mother of 16 year old boy with anxiety, Warwickshire, February 2017)
“Good Afternoon Jo
I would just like to say a massive thank you for your prompt help, advice and passing us on to experts that can assist O.
My wife and mother-in-law could not speak highly enough of the way you treated O and were very complimentary about the way you delivered your findings. I would never hesitate to recommend you to friends and family.
Finally once again I would like to say thank you for your help in everything from the point of when I originally contacted you.”
(father of 5 month old baby girl with right sided weakness and suspected cerebral palsy, Worcestershire, February 2017)
“Thank you so much for everything you do for K. I appreciate it and so does K you've changed our lives. The amount of people who say he's a different lad and lovely too.”
(mother of 9 year old boy with ADHD and PDA variant of Autism, Coventry, February 2017)
“Dr Jones instantly made myself and A feel at ease. A was very comfortable as he was dealt with in an adult manner, not as a child, 16 can be a very awkward age. I felt she listened to everything we had to say and for the first time for a long while we felt someone actually believed what A was saying.”
(mother of 16 year old boy with sporadic but very severe abdominal pain, Warwickshire, February 2016)
“The reason we as a family feel so strongly about recommending Jo is for us since our first visit we felt listened to and that somebody wanted to help. We finally got answers to questions we had been asking for years but nobody else wanted to answer. T finally felt someone was willing to understand and help. He trusts her completely which is very rare for T and he is a different boy these days now he has the correct support in place. In my opinion Dr Jones can't do much else to improve as she does an amazing job already!”
(parents of 14 year old boy with ADDF and High functioning autism, Northamptonshire, February 2017)
“Thank you for seeing L last week. If was a relief to have someone really listen and support L with his issues”
(mother of 9 week old baby with reflux and bowel issues, Warwickshire, February 2017)
“Thank you for all the support you have given G, but especially the support you have given me.”
(mother of 10 year old girl with autism and ADHD, London, February 2017)
“Dear Dr. Jo, It was so lovely to meet you yesterday, and I can I just say how relieved I feel following J's appointment. You seemed to make sense of things that I've been struggling with for years and yet you were able to see my boy for the delight that he truly is! ”
(mother of 7 year old boy with suspected High functioning autistic spectrum disorder, Warwickshire, February 2017)
“Just a quick note to say thank you again for your time to discuss A. I feel for the first time ever we got helpful, honest and straight forward advice. Thanks again for your time. Massively valuable.”
(father of 4½ year old girl West Midlands with known autism needing practical advice, February 2017)
“Thank you so much for seeing us yesterday. It was lovely to meet you and we feel that we are finally not alone and heading out of the woods!!
You are an amazing mum and it is so lovely that you can help so many gorgeous children all fighting their own battles.
Take care and thank you again. xxx”
(parents of 9 year old girl with suspected autism and severe anxiety, West Midlands, January 2017)
“I really do want to thank you with all my heart although it is hard to think N's behaviour is not going away. You have pointed us as a family in the direction to find help and learn how we can compromise to make all family members lives a better quality.”
(mother of 12 year old girl with self-harm and severe anxiety, diagnosed with high functioning autism, Warwickshire, January 2017)
“H started his medication at the end of December and I would say we saw a very quick improvement and I would go as far as to say it was "life-changing". There were still incidents of course however in-between incidents H seems generally happier, more relaxed, calmer, sociable with other family members, interactive, communicative, kind, he included myself and his sister in his interests (e.g. voluntarily showing us funny videos on his phone), he asked me to watch films with him and offered to warn me when a violent part was coming up so that I could cover my eyes and he even muted the sound for me! This behaviour is so rare and the difference was amazing - he smiled more over the Christmas holidays than he has for years and I felt that I'd got my son back!!! ”
(mother of 13 year old boy newly diagnosed with and medically treated for ADHD, West Midlands, January 2017)
Thanks for your time on Wednesday and your practical and reassuring advice. Many thanks again.”
(mother of 9 year old girl with anaphylactic reaction after eating nuts, Warwickshire, January 2107)
“The ADHD info is very useful, had not received anything like this previously & only gained knowledge from what I looked up myself.
Your report clarifies our conversation & gives a clear structure to the way forward.
So thank you so much for being the person who finally listens & gives support, it is so appreciated.
Thanks again. Your amazing!!”
(mother of 11 year old boy with previously sub-optimally managed ADHD and suspected PDA variant of autism, Warwickshire, January 2017)
“She has never sat and talked like that to anyone, ever. I'm astonished. She said you are the best doctor in the world.”
(mother of 8 year old girl with severe anxiety and aggression after symptom control management consultation following diagnosis of the PDA variant of autism, Wales, January.)
“She got back into school because of seeing you everyone stopped fobbing us off and she then got her ehcp and now in a specialist provision. Her confidence has come on so really glad we booked to see you.
(mother of 9 year old girl diagnosed with the PDA variant of autism, Worcestershire, January 2017)
“Lovely seeing you again today with A as always. It does make me very glad he's in your care. Having been along to a parents forum a couple of times the nightmare some people are experiencing with monitoring/changing meds through non-private routes sounds very challenging! ”
(mother of 9 year old boy with autism and treated ADHD, Warwickshire, January 2017)
“It’s the best thing we ever did.”
(mother of 10 year old girl with ADHD, about her medical treatment, Birmingham, January 2017)
“The anxiety tablets have been working a treat and he has had a brilliant second half to the term. A glowing report! Also council have now said they will issue an EHCP. So we r delighted with his progress at the moment!”
(parents of 9 year old boy with PDA variant of autistic spectrum disorder and ADHD treated with ADHD medication and latterly Propranolol for anxiety, Worcestershire, December 2016)
“It was a pleasure to meet you last week. You were brilliant with H, he was receptive towards you (once he'd warmed up) and you certainly brought out the best in him!”
(mother of 14 year old boy with severe behaviour difficulties diagnosed with ADHD, Coventry, December 2016)
“I've never seen H engage and open up like that - ever. ”
(mother of 16 year old girl with known autism and newly diagnosed ADHD, Warwickshire, December 2016)
“Thank you for the extremely informative appointment with you last week, it was thorough and overcame any concerns we may have had about medicating N.
N started the medication last Wednesday and, although, it is, of course, early days, the change has been utterly miraculous. He is aware of the change himself and has told us he feels ‘super duper’. He is calm, able to focus and we have had no meltdowns, which were a daily occurrence.
Thank you so much for all your efforts thus far, you have achieved more in a month than we have been able to achieve with the NHS over a period of several years. Seeing the difference in N was highly emotional, he must have been so very lost, poor lamb and you can’t help but think about the thousands of kids whose parents aren’t able to access similar care.”
(grandmother of 8 year old boy with newly diagnosed and treated ADHD, Staffordshire, December 2016)
“Hi Jo and Nikki,
Thank you both so much for your very insightful reports about G following on from our appointment on Nov 18th. Very much appreciated. We cannot believe how you managed to capture so much information in such a short space of time! The reports will be very useful for sharing with other professionals involved in G's care and education going forward. The ASD/PDA variant diagnosis reinforces our thoughts and it is a relief and a comfort to know that we are not 'imagining' it! Thank you. ”
(parents of 8 year old girl with PDA variant of autistic spectrum disorder, Yorkshire, December 2016)
“R is a changed boy: he is excited about maths and loves finishing his work. He has adopted a ‘heads down, let’s get on with it’ type attitude which is the polar opposite of before meds. Today, he impressed his teacher so much that she chose him to open an advent calendar and his gift was a rubber. She had had a competition throughout the lesson to see who was working the hardest, and it was R!
Mr S said that his report will show how much he thinks R has changed: he’s results driven now and has been keen to collect outstanding Good Marks and Good Copies.
On my part, I have seen a big change in R – obvious increased focus, where there was sporadic focus before; he seems happier in general, much more smiley; desire to achieve. It looks like his ‘light have come on’ if you know what I mean!”
(teacher of 9 year old boy with recently diagnosed ADHD just having started medication, Warwickshire, December 2016)
“Muchísimas gracias!! You made me feel more confident.”
(mother of 2 year old with multiple infections, Warwickshire, November 2016)
“Cannot thank you enough for the help, advice and support you have shown. Thank you x”
(mother of 12 year old boy with newly diagnosed autistic spectrum disorder and severe anxiety, Dorset, November 2016)
“Thank you so much for your help with T; its like a breath of fresh air and we have already seen significant improvement with T with how he is including us all and taking time to maintain eye contact and conversations.”
(mother of 6 year old boy with likely autistic spectrum disorder but significant Attention Deficit Disorder, Worcestershire, November 2016)
“Thank you so much for today. Thank you again for your listening and Un-judgmental approach. Many thanks”
(mother of 12 year old boy with newly diagnosed autistic spectrum disorder, Dorset, November 2016)
“An update re K. She is doing well. The problems with her peers have reduced dramatically and she is able to focus more on her work. She can still be a pickle at home but now it's more normal teenage stropiness than anything else. There have been no bad side effects
Many thanks ”
(mother of 13 year old girl with ADHD after treatment, Kent, November 2016)
“A quick mail to let you know how M is getting on. Since being back at school and using the medication he has joined the school choir, won the half term cup for best effort in school and been voted on the school council.
His writing has improved and his tutor is overwhelmed with his progress. How can we thank you?”
(mother of 9 year old boy diagnosed with and now medicated for ADHD, Warwickshire, November 2016)
“A very heartfelt thank you for seeing J last month. Your help and guidance has made a significant difference and I can't thank you enough. It's like being given the picture lid of a jigsaw puzzle - we know what we are trying to make now! At least we have a plan now. Before, we were unfocused and had no idea of the social dynamics at work. Thank you, thank you, thank you. xxx”
(mother of 8 year old girl with anxiety and friendship difficulties, now with a friend, Warwickshire, November, 2016)
“I just wanted to say a huge thank you! It was great to see you yesterday - you immediately engaged with W and were so easy and practical and reassuring! I have been way down in the doldrums (you probably gathered) and worried for W’s future - and you gave me hope, even if an ASD diagnosis is there - that it doesn't have to 'define' him and that he can go out into the world as an independent person and make a contented life. Thank you so much for that.”
(mother of 13 year old boy with growth problems and severe anxiety and anger, Worcestershire, November 2016)
“K has made huge progress since we met in April and we are now able to get out and about as her severe anxiety and sensory difficulties have become more manageable and tolerable for her. Our quality of life has improved dramatically.
We acknowledge the significant role the medication you prescribed (Propranolol) has contributed to this presentation. We have used graded exposure and CBT techniques, and accept that these methods would not have been as effective had the Propranolol not reduced her anxiety sufficiently to allow her to engage with these approaches. ”
(parents of 9 year old girl with autistic spectrum disorder and previously very impairing anxiety, with significant improvement following management with Propranolol, Cornwall, October 2016)
“The assessment today was extremely thorough and concluded with a probable diagnosis of combined ADHD and autism and we learnt more in three hours than we have in the previous three years and Dr. Jones’ obvious commitment, knowledge and experience instilled in us such confidence in her abilities that any recommendation she made we are keen to follow up.”
(grandmother of 7 year old boy with firm diagnosis of ADHD and Autistic Spectrum Disorder, West Midlands, October 2016)
“May I say how impressed I was with how you handled H , us etc your passion / expertise and knowledge . No wonder you are recommended.”
(father of 14 year old boy with newly diagnosed ADHD, Birmingham, October 2016
“There can be no doubt that R is significantly improved on the tablets. We now get significant periods of relative calm - he still erupts fairly frequently for the usual reasons i.e. a request/demand/ not wanting to do something/go out etc. and can still be violent and verbally abusive but this no longer goes on for hours and he calms down much quicker. He is also now settled full time in a new school which is a specialist provision but he absolutely loves it which is an all time first!”
(mother of 9 year old boy with constant violent aggression and social exclusion diagnosed with PDA variant of Autism and treated with Propranolol for severe anxiety, Cornwall, October 2016)
“Thank you both for Friday - it is such a relief to get answers, I now feel that I can push to make sure T gets the support he needs”
(mother of 9 year old boy with newly diagnosed autistic spectrum disorder and ADHD, Somerset, October 2016)
“Thank you so much for all your help, it's real peace of mind for me! The whole experience for C (and me) has been fantastic and we're very grateful for your help.”
(mother of 6 year old girl with tummy ache, needing a blood test, Warwickshire, October 2016)
“It's been an emotional couple of weeks absorbing the diagnosis, but thank you for your time and for giving us the answers that we need to better understand S.”
(mother of 8 year old boy with the PDA variant of autistic spectrum disorder, Warwickshire, September 2016)
“It was lovely to meet you and Judy today. Thank you so much for undertaking G's assessment, it went really well this afternoon and it is great relief to have G's diagnosis sorted.”
(mother of 3 year old boy with high functioning autistic spectrum disorder, West Midlands, September 2016)
Since seeing you four weeks ago, L has been a changed girl. I think she sat up and listened to a few home truths. She is back to her old lovely self. She hasn't shouted or been rude to us once.
Thank you for your part in L’s turn around in personality. Something said in your room that day made such a difference. I am so delighted to have had some happy weeks with L before going to Uni.”
(mother of 18 year old young woman with anxiety and somatisation, Warwickshire, September 2016)
“Thanks again for your time yesterday. We are glad that this is drawing to a conclusion after years in limbo.”
(mother of 9 year old boy with newly diagnosed Attention Deficit Disorder and very likely autistic spectrum disorder, Warwickshire, September 2016)
“Relieved is an understatement. Now perhaps other may start listening to me and give her the help she needs :-) . Thank you so much yet again X”
(mother of 13 year old girl with very subtle and well-masked but not mild autistic spectrum disorder, Warwickshire, September 2016)
“Thank you so much for your information. You have been extremely helpful. It all makes sense now. Such a relief. Thank you so much.”
(mother of 2 year old girl with pseudo seizures, West Midlands, September 2016)
“A massive Thankyou for being so accommodating and working around N's separation anxiety. I was concerned that neither of you would see any of the things we described previously by email. As I do like your more friendly approach to assessment! Wish many others had the same approach.”
(mother of 5 year old boy with high functioning autistic spectrum disorder, Hampshire, September 2016)
“Just wanted to thank you for seeing L yesterday, you have put both our minds at rest, thanks !
Also just wanted to say how lovely we thought you were. Thanks again.”
(mother of 11 year old boy with chest lump), West Midlands, September 2016)
“Thank you so much for the help and advice you gave us at M's assessment. The sensory presentation is brilliant and I would like to share this with school if that is ok?
I wanted to email earlier but it's been a bit strange, unexpectidly with a mix of emotions, because I have realised that until a Dr actually told us about M there was still a very, very tiny hope that we were just a neurotic parents and that M was 'normal'. Realistically we knew it wasn't going to be so but human nature is a funny thing. So thank you. You really listened to us and gathered information in such an upbeat way which was appreciated immensley as it is usually so depressing relaying M's story.
You are an exceptional doctor forging on to help people with PDA and complex ASD despite the scepticism that continues to surround the diagnosis. Without Doctors like you and Dr Mills the world would simply stop advancing.
With many, many thanks for everything.”
(mother of 6 year old boy with the PDA variant of Autistic spectrum disorder, Yorkshire, September 2016)
“Staff are amazed at the improvement in concentration, the general levels of calmness and productivity.”
(parents of 8 year old boy with newly diagnosed ADHD, 9 days into treatment with medication, Warwickshire, September 2016).
“J has done really well with the medication you suggested. Life is about blips I know and not just for children or adults with Asd but it's supporting them to cope, & feel comfortable. So I have to say thank you for seeing us and prescribing the medication. I don't think J would be were he is now without it & without seeing you. ”
(mother of 12 year old with autism and severe anxiety treated with Propranolol, West Midlands, September 2016)
“We remain especially grateful to you for your kindness and love towards R”
(parents of 9 year old boy with severe physical and learning difficulties, West Midlands, September 2016)
“He has been absolutely delighted since he returned to school, mentioning every day how much easier he is finding it to work. He says he can listen better and work better and as a result is enjoying the work more. He feels he is already improving!
It is wonderful to see how happy he is and what a difference the Concerta is making to him.”
(mother of 14 year old with newly diagnosed and medicated ADHD, Worcestershire, September 2016)
“He told me that he loves you as much as he loves me as you make him feel safe.”
(mother of 11 year old boy with successfully treated ADHD, Warwickshire, September 2016)
“Many thanks for the notes from our appointment. I found the consultation very helpful indeed. Thank you again for seeing us. It was great to have my questions answered by someone so experienced.”
(mother of 4 year old boy with seizures, Warwickshire, September 2016)
“This week at school has gone well. C's support staff in class report a noticeable difference in her ability to concentrate. Her lunchtime support told me "I hardly knew she was there!".”
(mother of 5 year old girl with newly diagnosed and treated ADHD after 2 weeks on treatment, Warwickshire, September 2016)
“I would like to thank you for seeing us on Tuesday as it was a delight in meeting you and a relieve to get diagnosed.”
(mother of 8 year old boy with suspected high functioning autistic spectrum disorder and newly diagnosed ADHD, Warwickshire, September 2016)
“We are pleased and repeat results are much better than we would have dared to hope for without your interventions. It is as much us learning about T as his dealing with it. Thank you!”
(mother of 16 year old boy with excellent GCSE results after diagnosis and medical treatment of ADHD, Staffordshire, September 2016)
“Thank you so very much for your continued support and responsiveness to P. It is absolutely fantastic news that P is going to University to study, an outstanding result given that post GCSE he was asked to leave education! Thank you Jo from the bottom of my heart for your excellent help.”
(mother of 18 year old man with now diagnosed and treated ADHD, London, September 2016)
“I just wanted to thank you for supporting C to get the exam arrangements that she needed. She gained an A* and 6 A’s which (although this was her potential) was beyond our wildest dreams. This has given her a real boost and I am hoping we can build on this.
None of his would have been possible without you, so thank you again.”
(mother of 16 year old girl with anxiety and autistic spectrum disorder, Warwickshire, August 2016)
“P says he does feel better on the medication. He continues to say it helps him get up in the morning and certainly he now gets up quicker and has toast before going out, which never happened before he started medication. It is now much less common for him to be late leaving for work in the morning. He says it also means he is less fidgety and better able to concentrate. His colleagues talk about him being more focused and easier to work with since he started treatment.”
(mother of 18 year old man newly diagnosed with ADHD and treated with medication, Birmingham, August 2016)
“Hi Jo, It was lovely to meet you yesterday, thanks so much for your time and being so understanding.”
(mother of 23 year old man with likely PDA variant of Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Cheshire, August 2016)
“Thank you very much for yesterday still trying to work all through in my head but it is starting to make sense of what we have been struggling with. N was very happy with how it went and thinks you are amazing because you explained how she feels, listened and understood.”
(mother of 12 year old girl with anxiety, anger and likely underlying autistic spectrum disorder, Warwickshire, August 2016)
“The best money I have ever spent”
(father of 2 year old boy after reassurance following funny episode on holiday, Warwickshire, July 2106)
“It’s been great to have your experience and insight :)”
(mother of 7 year old boy with very likely PDA variant of autistic spectrum disorder, Berkshire, July 2016)
“We now feel far better placed to truly understand our little girl and work out how best to support her going forward. A real sense of relief. We have been swimming through tar on this for years now and it feels like you have helped us all out of the tar and pointed us firmly in the direction of the family pool! Thank you. ”
(mother of 5½ year old girl with severe difficulties and a new diagnosis of ADHD, Warwickshire, July 2106)
“Your caring and sensitive approach to H’s diagnosis helped her to believe in herself and engage with counseling and anxiety management. She fully embraces autism and carries her autism card with pride.”
(mother of 16 year old girl diagnosed with autism, July 2106)
“Hello, It was lovely meeting you the other day.
You are a breath of fresh air after all the people we have seen.
It typical form I remembered lots after talking to you but also noticed so many new things that he does and I've not really picked up on before.
Just a quick message to say thank you.”
(mother of 8 year old boy with ADHD and likely Autistic spectrum disorder, Essex, July 2016)
I have tears in my eyes as I have just read the most amazing last school report for T. It is all super positive, comments such as 'remarkable', 'determined' , 'focused', 'effort' and attainment! The words 'needs to concentrate' do not appear once - and that is a first! It is wonderful
Thank you for all you do!”
(mother of 16 year old boy with newly diagnosed and treated ADHD, Dorset, July 2016)
“Hi Jo, Great to meet you today. I feel really reassured - coming to see you was the right thing to do. I can’t thank you enough for being the person in the room who knew more about Noonans than me.. which for a long while hasn’t been the case. Your proactivity is so very much appreciated.
Thanks again for being so great.”
(mother of 7 year old boy with Noonan’s syndrome, West Midlands, July 2016)
“Thank you very much for all your help and advice.”
(mother of 3 year old boy with odd movements during sleep and one possible seizure, Warwickshire, July 2016)
“Please take a huge pat on the back and a bucket load of thanks from P and I, and I hope T too, for your input into this. Without your help and explanations on how we can best support T, I really do not feel that this would have been possible from where we were back in March 2013.”
(mother of 15 year old boy with spectacular end of year results, following diagnosis and treatment for ADHD, Derbyshire, 2016)
“She was 3 1/2 years behind academically a year ago but has now completely caught up. The SENCO is really proud of her!”
(mother of 10 year old girl diagnosed with and now treated for ADHD, Birmingham, July 2015)
“Thank you for today's visit in your clinic. To be honest the clinic was worth it. You addressed all the questions I got, and I started working on your advise today which I think it's positive for A.
I appreciate your input today. Thank you.”
(mother of nearly 4 year old with severe autism and other medical problems, West Midlands, July 2016)
“Thank you for seeing A. It was good to see somebody who understands what we've been going through and wants to help.”
(mother of 6 month old baby with feeding difficulties, West Midlands, July 2016)
“W is doing fantastically. Thank you, you have changed his life...he is able to experience so much more without anxiety.
(mother of 8 year old boy with severe learning difficulties, mainly non-verbal, autistic spectrum disorder and severe anxiety, now treated with anti-anxiety medication Propranolol, Wiltshire, June 2016)
“Hi Jo, It was a pleasure to meet you this morning. I love your energy and efforts to connect with a teenager!”
(mother of 14 year old girl with recent headaches, deterioration in coordination and poor concentration, Warwickshire, June 2016)
“Thank you for all your help in making our little Harriet better.”
(mother of 2 year old girl with chest problems diagnosed with asthma, West Midlands, June 2016)
“Jo, The flowers and chocolates are just a small token to say thank you for all you’ve done for us. Your advice and medical knowledge has been so helpful. The children have definitely benefitted and grown whilst under your care. We appreciate all you’ve done for us for the past three years. Much love.”
(parents of three teenagers, respectively with neurogenic pain, anxiety and ADHD, returning to the US after 3 years, June 2016)
“Jo, thank you once again for all your support and for going above and beyond to help E. She is a much happier little lady thanks to you! Love xxx”
(family of baby girl now treated for severe reflux and milk intolerance, West Midlands, June 2016)
“Thank you for meeting us today and for your thoughtful and skilled consultation with P.”
(mother of 18 year old man with newly diagnosed ADHD, West Midlands, June 2015)
“I can't thank you enough for identifying L's difficulties and helping us to put a name to them which in turn should enable us to offer her the correct support.”
(mother of 6 year old girl with newly diagnosed autistic spectrum disorder and ADHD, Warwickshire, June 2016)
“Hi Jo, It was lovely to meet you & Judy with J and we can't thank you enough for just listening, understanding and the amazing way in which you undertake the assessment process. Many thanks.”
(mother of 8 year old girl with the PDA variant of autistic spectrum disorder, Warwickshire, June 2016)
“It was a very positive and reassuring visit.”
(mother of 8 year old girl with chronic tummy aches, Warwickshire, June 2016)
We would just like to thank you again for today you and Judy were great and picked up so much about Josh and so quickly!
It's such a relief to get a diagnosis after all these years,Josh had a great time at your house and has told his sisters about the fun games he played and the trampoline
Best wishes ”
(parents of 5 year old with newly diagnosed autistic spectrum disorder, West Midlands, May 2016)
Friday was extremely helpful to finally get some answers instead of just getting the 'your a crap parent routine', so we thank you and Nikki, your both highly regarded and recommended by other parents, after meeting you both on Friday we now know why, you were both fantastic.
Thank you for sending the sensory processing disorder presentation, it was very helpful.”
(mother of 11 year old boy with newly diagnosed autistic spectrum disorder and severe anxiety, West Midlands, May 2016)
“I know fully well that you are amazing at your job, your knowledge is second to none, your very thorough and more importantly being a parent is always worrying - you put minds to ease by acting quickly and you are highly professional.”
(mother of 3 year old girl with heart murmur and rectal bleeding, Warwickshire, May 2016)
“We both found the ADHD research/history information so helpful. I particularly feel so much more knowledgeable about it and for the first time I am confident about what ADHD actually is. After all these years of living with it I finally feel comfortable about it! W is really keen to take medication which is great as I thought this was going to be a battle. Thank you so much.”
(mother of 15 year old with ADHD, Gloucestershire, May 2016)
“Please pass on our thanks to both Jo and Nikki.
I'm sure they meet many families that say this but I really want them to know how much this has helped us.
When you've battled for years and been made to feel as we have regarding our parenting to have people to listen (not just hear!) and understand completely is quite emotional.”
(mother of 10 year old boy with PDA variant of autistic spectrum disorder, Gloucestershire, May 2016)
“Thank you once again for providing G and myself the reassurance and confidence with the management of G's ASD and PDA. You always make G and me feel welcome and relaxed.”
(mother of 9 year old girl under me long term for ADHD and PDA variant autism, Warwickshire, May 2016)
“Thank you for seeing T, it was extremely reassuring.”
(mother of 12 year old girl with neck pain, Warwickshire, May 2016)
“It was great to meet with you today, by far the most supportive understanding consultation I and I have ever had. Many thanks for your help today.”
“I seemed almost relieved when we left the appointment yesterday I think she recognised herself far more when we spoke about PDA than she ever has done with Aspergers.
She commented on how nice you were (she has never done this after an appointment before).”
(mother of 12 year old girl with anxiety and underlying likely PDA variant of autistic spectrum disorder, Worcestershire, May 2013)
“Thank you so so very much for your kindness and support, it has helped us as a family enormously and I am very appreciative.”
(mother of 18 year old boy with very likely autistic spectrum disorder, May 2016)
“Many thanks Jo. We are very grateful to you for Friday.
It's been quite a lot of years banging on people's doors trying to get them to listen so we are still in a bit of shock that someone did!!! ”
(parents of 10 year old boy with the PDA variant of Autistic spectrum disorder, Gloucestershire, May 2016)
Thank you for meeting with us today. William really liked you and it was so refreshing to find someone who is positive about ADHD. So many thanks”
(mother of 15 year old boy with newly diagnosed ADHD, Gloucestershire, April 2016)
“J starts his exams next Monday, and he approaches these in a decent frame of mind, thanks to your diagnosis, treatment and medication. We have come a long, long way since last August; whatever the outcome things are immeasurably better than we expected. ”
(father of 18 year old with Attention Deficit Disorder [ADD], Birmingham, April 2016)
“I just wanted to give you an update regarding E - I think the propranolol is really starting to help keep her anxiety down and our GP has put it (and the melatonin - which is continuing to be a godsend) on repeat prescription 😊 You are still our guardian angel! Lots of love,”
(mother of 9 year old girl with severe anxiety and the PDA variant of autism, Sheffield, April 2016)
“The medicine you prescribed has brought back our little man and he has been pain free since Friday night, thank you so much. Final dose at bed time worked a treat, we all slept really really well and have had best sleep in two weeks. I can't thank you enough, you have truly been amazing, thank you for helping to bring life back into my son , needless to say some normality back into all our lives. This country could do with more professionals like you. ”
(parents of 5 year old boy with severe abdominal spasm pain, Coventry, April 2016)
“Thank you so much for making us so welcome, it was lovely to see you again. K really enjoyed his trip, he said it was the best day ever and didn’t want it to end and he is keen to visit again.”
(parents of 8 year old boy with autistic spectrum disorder, severe anxiety and now treated ADHD, Scotland, April 2016)
“It was lovely to meet you. We are already finding ways forward following F's assessment, it's great to be able to help F understand himself better.”
(parents of 8 year old boy with anxiety and anger found not to have an autistic spectrum disorder, Devon, April 2016)
“I felt so invigorated, to meet somebody as passionate and committed to young people as I am, you restore my faith for the outcomes for children and their families.”
(counsellor, Warwickshire, April 2016)
“Thank you for analysis and very detailed report. You have scrutinised every little detail and have given me the explanation I have been searching for the last 3/4 years. A mother knows something is not right and my mission to look for the cause has only been to obtain access to help/therapy and intervention from it getting worse.”
(mother of 6 year old boy with newly diagnosed PDA variant of autistic spectrum disorder, South East England, April 2016)
“Thank you so much for seeing W and for the sensory presentation, we really appreciated you taking the time to help us.
Since taking the Propranalol we have definitely noticed a positive change in W, which is fantastic. He seems calmer and more open to direction. We were able to go to a new zoo park for 2-hours, which was a first! Thank you, he is so much happier.”
(mother of 7 year old boy with known autism and severe learning difficulties but severe anxiety, anger, aggression and self harm, Wiltshire, April 2016)
“Life at home has improved a lot and I really think that has been, for a large part, due to your input.
Thank again for your generosity with your time and care.”
(mother of 11 year old girl with anger issues, Warwickshire, April 2016)
“Thank you for your care and kindness.”
(mother of six year old girl with bowel and growth concerns, Warwickshire, March 2016)
“I’m really grateful having met you and Judy. Everything felt really comfortable, and you were both lovely. And having A diagnosed this early gives her future the very best chance, so I thank you both ever so much for that.”
(mother of 2½ year old girl diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorder, Somerset, March 2016)
“Thank you for your exceptional help in recognising A's needs. We can make positive steps forward, at last.”
(mother of 6 year old boy diagnosed with the pathological demand avoidance variant of Autistic spectrum disorder, London, March 2016)
“O is thriving! His teachers and tutor are amazed at the changes already. O himself feels happier and so much more in control. He is asking to do more challenging work at school and the anxiety seems to have dropped right off. His general behaviour is also much calmer, even once the meds have worn off too.”
(mother of 9 year old boy with newly diagnosed and treated ADHD, Warwickshire, March 2016)
“I wanted to say a huge thank you, We have no anxiety when we come to see you we always feel understood and listened to. After all the years of trailing back and forth with no answers, it's such a relief to be making headway. We appreciate very much how hard you work and how you genuinely care for your patients.”
(mother of 9 year old boy with autism, Staffordshire, March 2016)
“Thank you, thank you, thank you for everything. It is such a relief to finally be believed and to be able to explain to E (and B) exactly why E struggles. There is so much we can finally move forward with for E. Your and Judy's expertise is astounding, and so personable too. We were made to feel so welcome and the whole experience from start to finish couldn't be more different from CAMHS. E particularly commented that she thought you were lovely. Thanks again!
Hi Jo! My main point I would like to convey is perhaps selfishly that for the first time since having children I don't feel like a bad father who is letting his family down. My tears were mainly of sadness when Judy confirmed that E has learned to act and mask her emotions in school. I feel profoundly sad for her and wish we had seen you sooner. Finally thanks for several lovely hugs and talking to E in such a special way and helping her to realise that far from hindering her development and self esteem, a "label" and acknowledgment that yes she is "disordered" will help her to understand herself better and give her the relative self awareness to feel proud to be the different, enigmatic charismatic character she is and celebrate her beautiful traits going forward. Much love”
(mum and Dad of 8 year old girl from the North of England, March 2016)
“Thank you – you made my day.”
(mother of 4 month old baby boy with concerns about head shape needing reassurance, Leicestershire, March 2016)
“It was lovely seeing you quickly today. Me & M just wanted to let you know how grateful we are for everything you have done for C and us. Also we wished we had meet you along time ago.”
(parents of 12 year old boy with newly diagnosed high functioning autistic spectrum disorder, ADHD, Dyspraxia and significant specific learning difficulties who had severe anxiety, Northamptonshire, March, 2016)
“I just wanted to send a thank you for H being seen on Friday and how lovely both Jo and Niki were to all of us. I especially liked how Jo would explain anything that I struggled to understand and whilst it has taken me all weekend to stop feeling so shocked we are very pleased we have answers that will allow us to support H in a way that will give us our happy boy - H asked me to also let Jo and Niki know that he went on the soft play area and the big slide and really enjoyed it and he enjoyed his time with Niki.
Thank you all very much ”
(mother of 8 year old boy with newly diagnosed ADHD and autistic spectrum disorder, Shropshire, March 2016)
“It seems Tranquilyn/Equasym is helping Y. He is calmer compared to earlier. He does get agitated and still pulls hair or bites his fingers however tantrums have gone down in frequency and time.
Sleeping tablets melatonin are also helping. We have found an optimum time to give it to him now so he sleeps for 7-8 hours straight. Thanks a lot for that. It is making a huge difference.”
(father of 7 year old boy with severe learning difficulties, extreme anxiety and aggression, autism and ADHD, West Midlands, March 2016)
“I just wanted to say a huge thank you to you and Judy. You were both amazing and I have already been recommending you both to other parents. Thank you so very much.”
(mother of 8 year old boy with the Pathological Demand Avoidance variant of autistic spectrum disorder, Warwickshire, February 2016)
Thank you so much for seeing us. To say we are relieved would be an understatement!”
(mother of 16 year old boy with very impairing ADHD, Dorset, February 2016)
“Thanks again for seeing us last week T's always happy to see you as he credits you with all the positive change he has experienced.”
(mother of 14 year old boy with ADHD and Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Northamptonshire, February 2016)
Thank you so much for seeing us yesterday :)))
F was actually ok afterwards
She really liked you and Nikki :0) xxx”
(mother of 5 year old girl with high functioning autistic spectrum disorder, Kent, February 2016)
I just wanted to say thank you for meeting with us yesterday. I feel so relieved we have a diagnosis for T as I am hoping this will help him and others understand him better.
I felt like you really heard what we had always had concerns about and that you understood exactly what we were trying to say. I had been very disappointed after the appointment we had with CAMHS, as I didn't feel like they understood the issues at all.
T made me smile last night as he said "this is the first night I am going to bed with Aspergers", I had to explain he's always had it and now we can help him.”
(mother of 11 year old with high functioning autistic spectrum disorder, Midlands, February 2016)
“Just wanted to give you an update on O. He is doing so well - back at a safe weight and bloods looking fine. It’s almost as if he’s snapped out of it as quickly as he went in. Over all - really good result which I largely put down to the quick intervention with yourself. Thank you so much.”
(professional colleague re 14 year old boy with eating disorder West Midlands, February 2016)
Melatonin is helping a lot and now getting to sleep within 30 mins most nights
Had a couple of 'excitable' days at school last week but nothing on the scale of before, at home things are hugely hugely improved and everyone's happier as a result.
All our love and eternal gratitude xxxxx”
(mother of 9 year old girl with now treated ADHD, Avon, February 2016)
“You are an amazing person and your love and care for so many pupils has made such a difference to so many families.”
(Deputy Head secondary school, February 2016)
“Thank you so much for seeing A yesterday. We are already making progress! I made up the chart (just working on the BIG one!) and she is certainly sticking to it even only a day in! And her behaviour has also improved ... if she interrupts me when I'm talking to someone else, I politely say to her that I'm talking and when I'm finished she can talk ... no tears, no arguing! Just finds something else to do!
She is very excited about "Magic Sunday" and I've already booked a special photo shoot for her in a weeks time where she gets to be a pixie for a couple of hours! Just me and her.
I really can't thank you enough for what you've done already.”
(mother of 5 year old girl with chronic constipation, Birmingham, February 2016)
Thank you so much for seeing D yesterday. She said that you should be a teacher, as you explain things so well. I ordered her a book "Girls Only! All About Periods and Growing-Up Stuff", we will read it together and D is happy.
(mother of 8 year old girl with early but not premature puberty, Warwickshire, February 2016)
“Thanks for seeing us today and putting my mind at rest. It was good to meet you.”
(mother of 4 month old baby boy with developmental concerns, Warwickshire, February 2016)
“Thank you for seeing us yesterday and clarifying this morning that reassured me that i can hopefully work to help him not be like his dad, thank you. wanted to say thank you for being so good with him.”
(mother of 4 year old boy with the pathological demand avoidance variant of autism, north Nottinghamshire, January 2016)
It's Friday and a good news day. S started his Medikinet XL and we are heading into week 3 now. He's currently on the starting dose of 10mg and already we are seeing vast improvement...most importantly he is too and he's very happy about it.
He's gone from getting constantly upset at every request , to being much more confident in his ability. He's trying new things more readily and everyone has commented on the difference. He tells me he can 'think straight' and feels 'less worried'..he even asked for writing practice ( unheard of) . I could go on ..but I wanted you to know it's going well and make sure we weren't imagining it. The added bonus is that S is recalling facts and information I feared he'd lost completely.
So we are all happy bunnies this end…thank you. I was just so excited I couldn't wait to let you know.
(mother of 9 year old boy newly diagnosed with ADHD and the PDA variant of autism, Staffordshire, January 2016)
“Thank you so much for fitting us in today. Such a relief to be listened to and actually have someone hear what we were saying. Today was hard work, amazing though. I feel as though there was so much more i needed to say, could have said, or expected to say, but you just knew what we saying. It almost feels like everything before no longer matters, yet it hasn't stopped us questioning everything...We both currently feel slightly dazed. To have everything confirmed, and to have it acknowledged as something other than parenting is more than a relief, it is vindication. You and Judy saw immediately what we have experienced for 3 years. Thank you. Both.”
(parents of 3 ¾ year old boy with the pathological demand avoidance variant of autism, Worcestershire, January 2016)
“I want to thank you again for all your help. It was lovely meeting you all and you made us feel very welcome. P enjoyed coming to see you, he asked if he could visit again :)
You were the first person to properly listen to us and understand what we were saying. So pleased that we now have a diagnosis for P and we can understand why he acts the way he does.
(mother of 8 year old boy with newly diagnosed autistic spectrum disorder, Devon, January 2016)
“My sister now acknowledges that I did the right thing in asking the wonderful Dr Jo et al to assess him! What else can I say?
Thank you Dr Jo!”
(psychologist and aunt of then 8 year old diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorder, January 2015)
“Would like to just say a big thank you to Dr Jo Jones and Nikki as they were both amazing and so good with B - still cant believe how well they got her.”
(mother of 7 year old girl diagnosed after tandem assessment with the Pathological Demand Avoidance variant of Autism, Worcestershire, January, 2016)
“Thanks so much for seeing me last week regarding A; she has now been on her medication for a week and just wanted to say WOW!!! the difference it has made at home and school is amazing xxxxx she is calmer, more focused and just more in touch with emotions (hers and other peoples), I really didn't expect to see such huge differences. Now able to brush and tie up her hair without WW3! Happy days xxx”
(mother of 9 year old girl with now treated ADHD, Bristol, January 2016)
“His Autumn term at school has been nothing short of phenomenal – teachers have been amazed at his changed attitude and he has been working hard. At home he has become a lot calmer and can concentrate on projects a lot better.”
(mother of 12 year old boy with ADHD diagnosed in and treated since summer 2015, Dorset, January 2016)
“Thank you for your time yesterday. It is a great relief for both myself and my husband to be finally getting help and support in place for Christopher, along with long needed diagnoses.”
(mother of 7 year old boy with impairing ADHD and likely autistic spectrum disorder and dyspraxia, Birmingham, January 2016)
“Thank you so much for today. So wonderful for the first time ever to speak to someone actually understands what I am talking about!! A weight has finally been lifted.”
(Parents of 12 year old boy with undiagnosed ADHD and possible autistic spectrum disorder, Leeds, January 2016)
“Good morning Jo,
Just wanted to say thank you for meeting with us on 22nd December.
It was such a relief to hear that you thought L definitely has ASD and potentially PDA, and to hear your thoughts and recommendations on Melatonin.
We actually feel properly listened to... for once!”
(parents of 11 year old girl with autistic spectrum disorder and probably PDA variant, Cambridgeshire, January 2016)
“Thank you SO much for your care and attention. We appreciate that at least as much as your expertise.”
(father of 13 year old boy with ‘funny turn’, Warwickshire, December 2015)
“Thank you very much. We thought Dr Jones was brilliant - lovely, down to earth and were delighted with her assessment.”
(doctor mother of older infant girl, with some autistic features, needing reassurance, West Midlands, December 2015)
“Thank you so much for meeting with us. Your home is lovely and you made us feel at home in it. So much so, I forgot to ask you, when D asked if he could take his shoes off! That has to be welcoming!!
Thanks again Jo. You squeezed us like oranges, but it was all in an excellent cause and you did it with compassion, even if we were a bit rushed due to the impending implosion of D. J”
(mother of 9 year old girl with the Pathological Demand Avoidance variant of autistic spectrum disorder, Liverpool, December 2015)
“Hi Jo, I just wanted to say a massive thank you for our appointment on the 4th. You instantly made M feel comfortable as soon as you opened the door. I can't thank you enough. The appointment was thorough and we are happy now that we can learn the best way to help M to cope now we have an accurate diagnosis.”
(mother of 7 year old boy with significant learning difficulties and newly diagnosed autistic spectrum disorder and ADHD, Cheshire, December 2015)
Wow!! This is the most extensive and amazing report I have ever seen.
Before I go off on my soap box about how pleased I am to finally be listened to and how amazing you are i do need to ask if a copy of this report has been sent to P’s doctor? And also can we get the melatonin on prescription for him? P has expressed a wish to start his sleepy juice asap and said he will try hard to take tablets.
Now, I must say it was a pleasure to meet with both you and Judy. P instantly felt at ease and has told anyone who will listen how much his doctor 'gets' him. Not only did a weight lift off my shoulders but now I finally know which way I'm going in order to get him the correct help academically and socially. This as you can imagine means the world to me. No parent wants to hear that their child has anything that would make them appear different in others eyes. I've never wanted to label my child in any way but in order to get him the help that he needs for others to understand his additional needs and to be able to deal with them then I have needed to go above and beyond. In doing so not only have a met wonderful people like both you and Judy but my son is proud to call you his doctors.
The reports are the most extensive I have ever seen and others are flabbergasted by the attention to detail as well as the amount of obvious care you both have for your patients and their families.
Thank you so much Jo I could go on for hours but I know you have a job to do. Thank goodness for doctors like you that have patience and a bedside manner that rival a saint in my eyes.
Thank you ”
(mother of 10 year old boy with severe aggression and violence, diagnosed with the PDA variant of autistic spectrum disorder, Gloucestershire, December 2015)
“It was lovely to meet you today, G thoroughly enjoyed chatting to you and is delighted that you understood his situation and are committed to helping him. I think the meeting alone has helped his confidence.”
(father of 15 year old boy with anxiety and OCD symptoms, Warwickshire, November 2015)
“It has now been 3 years since we relocated back to the United States.
I can not tell you enough how much we miss the wonderful quality of care that you provided to W. You are truly “The Best”!”
(mother of now 14 year old boy with diagnosed and successfully treated ADHD, U.S.A., November 2015)
“A pleasure to meet you Jo, and thank you for the transformational benefit A has had as a patient of yours.”
(father of 6 year old boys with now treated ADHD, Buckinghamshire, November 2015)
“Just a quick line to say we have just attended parents evening. I wanted to tell you that EVERY teacher had seen a massive difference in A and were gushing about the 'new ' pupil . They reported her demeanor, her concentration and motivation had improved beyond belief. They said she was like a new person. Confidence improved,engaged and communicating in class with teachers and her peers. Her organisation and return of homework was brilliant too.
So I just wanted to share that with you and to thank you from the bottom of my heart for recognising what needed to be done for A and for enlightening me. It's working, you were so right and we are all thankful.”
(mother of 14 year old girl with very severe and now treated Attention Deficit Disorder, Warwickshire, November 2015)
“Hi Jo, Thank you again for seeing us with B today. We are really pleased we arranged to see you and Judy and feel we have done the right thing for B in asking for an assessment. We have explained to him in simple terms what we discussed with you and he understands. He said "I'm a little bit like Sheldon? Cool !!".
Whilst a diagnosis of ASD is obviously not what any parent wants, we understand how a diagnosis can be helpful in going forward: both with supporting B ourselves and also in ensuring he gets any help he needs at school.”
(parents of 10 year old boy with subtle autistic spectrum disorder, Cambridgeshire, November 2015)
“Thank you so much for such a detailed report that we both feel describes our son in every way. Everything has been included and it will be so useful having all that on one document.
I appreciate everything. Many Thanks again talking to you felt so easy you totally understood what we were saying and how we felt.”
(mother of 5 year old boy with extreme aggression and likely PDA variant of autistic spectrum disorder, West Midlands, November 2015)
“Hi Dr Jo,
Just to express our sincere thanks for your comprehensive and insightful report which totally ‘captured’ H. He was quickly made to feel at home and particularly enjoyed meeting your feline friends! We have since been referred to an adult psychiatrist in learning disability who agrees with all your recommendations for further assessments and medication review and we are hopeful that these will be carried out soon.
(parents of 18 year old young man with significant learning difficulties and autistic spectrum disorder and significant anxiety needing help, West Midlands, November 2015)
“Good morning Jo, Thank you so much for seeing S yesterday. She seems relieved to have an explanation for her behaviours and to know she's 'a normal Aspie'! Lots of love xx”
(mother of 12 year old girl with classic Autistic Spectrum Disorder and significant anxiety, Staffordshire, November 2014)
I really cannot thank you enough for today; both for the physiological advice and emotional support! Your time and care is very much appreciated. Thank you.”
(mother of 7 month old baby boy with food intolerance and slow weight gain, Warwickshire, October 2015)
“The Equasym is making a huge difference, he's a totally different child and it's wonderful, thank you!!
I'm really pleased with his progress, he's a joy to be around.
Thank you for changing our lives!”
(mother of 6 year old with newly diagnosed and treated ADHD, Gloucestershire, October 2015)
“Thankyou so much for all your help and support with the boys, your caring and knowledge helped us so much when it seemed like no one else would or could.
I will be very grateful always.”
(mother of 6 year old twins with severe learning difficulties, autism and ADHD, Derbyshire, October 2015)
“Many thanks for the very thorough report and the referral letter. Also thanks for arranging the appointment with Dr Jones so quickly - she was definitely the right person for Toby to see and I am very glad to have been referred to her.”
(email from Mum to Becky, practice administrator re 4 year old boy with lumps in neck, Warwickshire, October 2015)
“E finally got an Autistic Spectrum Disorder diagnosis in the summer. Not only did I want to let you know, I also want to thank you. If it wasn't for you, she wouldn't have got the assessments in the first place. Her diagnosis will help everyone understand her a little better and it has really helped her understand why she struggles with certain things. I know we'll have some rocky years ahead but I'm quite certain she'll triumph in the end! Thank-you also for being the first person to take my concerns seriously. ”
(mother of 8 year old girl with newly diagnosed high functioning autistic spectrum disorder, Birmingham, October 2105)
“I'd just thought I would give you an update since A had her asd diagnosis. The Propanol worked fab but is now off it because she's managing just fine because she doesn't feel different and alone anymore. She says she " autistic and proud ! " she now learning many ways to learn how to cope.
The melatonin is working fab and she takes it school nights and sleeps through !
for A getting the diagnosis has answered all of her questions ( ambers ) and it's now ok to think differently. Unfortunately nhs takes 2 yrs + which is unacceptable. For A that lack of help resulted in A taking an overdose, however the future is now bright and A is happy !
Thanks again for everything !”
(mother of 16 year old girl with typical subtle but typical and impairing ‘girl autism’, West Midlands, October 2015)
“Hi jo, Thank you so much for the assessment, it has given us all new hope!”
(mother of 11 year old boy with newly diagnosed autism and ADHD, Hampshire, October 2015)
“Thanks Jo as ever your most efficient!!
I only wish I'd been referred to you years ago having been through such hard times with M and Can't speak highly enough of you and your expertise!! ”
(mother of 13 year old boy with now successfully treated ADHD, Warwickshire, October 2015)
Thank you ever so much for the report and particularly for the relaxing environment that you created for J, it helped hugely!
Many thanks, the appointment and diagnosis's have really helped everyone!”
(mother of 8 year old girl diagnosed with ADHD and the PDA variant of autistic spectrum disorder, Buckinghamshire, September 2015)
“Dear Dr Jo, Thank you for the appointment today- it has been so helpful and such a relief.”
(mother of 8 year old boy diagnosed with the Pathological Demand Avoidant variant of autism, South Wales, September 2015)
“The council lady told them that I had done all the hard work for them...she also said (as did CAMHS) that they had never seen such in depth and high quality reports and for that I am very grateful. So grateful to you as ever.”
(mother of 8 year old girl with autism and ADHD, Lancashire, September 2015)
“C has started high school and is tremendous the tablets have changed our lives so thank you so much xx”
(11 year old boy with ADHD, now diagnosed and treated with medication, Warwickshire, September 2015)
“Thank you for the report, everything looks good to us, we found you really easy to talk to. It was so great to meet someone who understood what we were talking about, believed us and 'got' S.”
(parents of 8 year old boy with ADHD, Staffordshire, August 2015)
“Thanks again for today - I feel really positive about the steps forward that we're taking for A with you.
He was singing at the top of his voice all the way back to Kenilworth. He said I feel so happy because I've seen Jo today. I think he knows he needs some help and someone who understands him and for him there's a huge sense of relief we're getting him the help he needs.”
(mother of 7 year old boy with ADHD, Warwickshire, August 2015)
“Jo, Thanks for such an excellent session yesterday. J was keen to start it all off - which in itself is a huge step forward from previous behaviour!
He has started this morning with his Concerta XL. his elder brother said "It's scary - what have you done with J? He is busy at work, motivated and getting on with it. It's not normal!"
Regards and heartfelt thanks”
(father of 17 year old boy with newly diagnosed and treated Attention Deficit Disorder, West Midlands, August 2015)
May I say huge, heart felt thank you for yesterday. As I'm sure you understand, finally gaining a diagnosis is both a relief and emotionally exhausting.
Once again thank you, thank you.”
(mother of 6 year old boy with ADHD, Gloucestershire, August 2015)
“Thank you again for all your support i cant tell you how much we appreciate it”
(mother of 5 year old girl diagnosed with the pathological demand avoidance variant of autistic spectrum disorder, Buckinghamshire, August 2015)
“Muchas gracias Dr Jones, it was great meeting you and reassuring that M’s eczema could be linked to the milk, which can be managed with a new formula and creams.”
(mother of 7 month old baby boy with severe eczema, Birmingham, August 2015)
“Thanks for yesterday. Even though you might not have felt it, by our standards that was extremely productive and effective!”
(father of 17 year old boy with newly diagnosed Attention Deficit Disorder, West Midlands, August 2015)
“Thank you so much for everything. You’ve been great! I am sure I will be in touch soon enough but in the meantime thank you!”
(mother of 5 and 6½ year old girls with PDA variant of autism and classic autism, United Arab Emirates, August 2015)
“Dear Dr. Jo,
I’d like to thank you very much for the time you spared us when we came to see you. The discussion we had and the advices you gave us were really helpful. My wife started thinking seriously of what you told us about feeding R.”
(father of 3 year old girl with genetic disorder, severe undiagnosed and untreated reflux and severe failure to thrive, Oman, August 2015)
“We are so grateful for your help and diagnosis of L at such a stressful time in our lives. He has been doing brilliantly since he first saw you, and school life has improved no end. I’m hoping we have reached the end of the bumpy road, and things will run smoothly...Please know that we are very grateful for all your efforts.”
(parents of 7 year old boy with newly diagnosed ADHD and PDA variant of autism, Oxfordshire, August 2015)
“Thanks so much for taking the time to reply to my ramblings much appreciated and thanks again for all your support and care. Really do appreciate it at this time. ”
(mother of 13 month old girl with delayed asymmetric motor skills, Warwickshire, July 2105)
“It was a very different experience to the days of the nurses and junior doctors digging for veins on his hands at 6 months, I wish we knew you back then.
He was saying at bedtime how he feels really cared for and listened to with you, something that he never got from the teacher he had this year.
Take care and thank you once again.”
(mother of 8 year old boy with difficulty breathing and anxiety after easy blood test, Warwickshire, July 2015)
“I just wanted to say thank you so much for yesterday.
We came away feeling relieved, enlightened and uplifted. I couldn’t believe that I was sat there talking to you about A, whom you’d never met at that point and I was thinking “wow, this woman understands my son better than anyone else I’ve ever spoken to!”
Looking forward to beginning our journey to best understand the little man in our life and bringing out the very best in A.”
(mother of 8 year old boy with newly diagnosed ADHD and a very likely autistic spectrum disorder, Warwickshire, July 2105)
“Thank you for all you help and ‘positiveness’, you have helped make a worrying time for us a lot more bearable.
Have a lovely Summer”
(mother of 12 year old girl with brain scan changes, Warwickshire, July 2015)
Just to say that J had a fantastic report and got all level 4s in his year 5 SATs (with extra time) so did much better than I expected.
Many thanks for all you have done for him.”
(mother of 10 year old boy with diagnosed and now treated ADHD, North Warwickshire, July 2015)
“Since J has been taking his medicines, his focus is much improved. He is very dedicated towards his work. He is often one of the most focused student in the class…..
I’ve had a couple of conversations with J during the last month about changes I’ve observed. He is still in class, not wriggling, concentration is 100%, listening to teacher instructions. He controls distractions really well from his peers. He will offer answers, peer discussions. Occasionally twizzels a pen but nothing as we saw previously. He feels that he is controlled in class and at ease with himself. He feels his one tablet a day is working for him at the moment. A real transformation. He’s doing really well….
Since medication there has been such an improvement with both concentration and quantity of work produced. His confidence has really grown, discussing topics with his peers, offering answers on the odd occasion in science…..he is pushing himself more both with the level of questions self selected and the quantity and quality of work produced. He is a pleasure to support.”
(comments from various teachers after medication started in 15 year old boy with newly diagnosed ADHD, Warwickshire, July 2105)
“A is doing fine thank you – tablets definitely working We both have noticed a difference in her attention. Such as a willingness to engage and stick at things. Playing guitar, handwriting is better. Concentration improved and noticeable in her work.”
(mother of 14 year old girl with Attention Deficit Disorder(ADD) diagnosed and now treated, Warwickshire, July 2015)
“I had a feeling that would be the case, I’m relieved it’s easily sorted. I assume that could that explain the additional aches and pains as well.
We will do as directed as we have 8 weeks to sort it before he’s back at school !
Thank you so much for your help onthis Jo, you are as always, a complete superstar. ”
(mother of 6 year old boy with lethargy and breathlessness, found to have Vitamin D deficiency, Warwickshire, July 2015)
“Thanks so much for seeing J – I feel so much happier! It was lovely to see you too. Thanks so very much again”
(doctor mother of 9 week old baby needing reassurance about apnoeic episode, Warwickshire, July 2015)
I would like to thank you, on behalf of us both, for your time today. It was lovely to meet you and you put us at ease straightaway. It is a huge milestone for all of us and I am so relieved. I have had my suspicions for so long now so it feels almost like a magic wand – if that makes sense!
(mother of 8 year old girl with likely autistic spectrum disorder, Warwickshire, July 2015)
“Thank you so much to you both for such a fantastic service, I cannot imagine how long we would be tying ourselves in knots for had we not approached you! Absolutely delighted that we can now try to move forward and plan for the future.
I have and will recommend you highly to both schools and parents in our situation, and happy to do a testimonial if that is helpful although may not be as you are so much in demand already!
Many thanks and best wishes to you both
(Mother of 5 year old girl with moderate learning difficulties and newly diagnosed autistic spectrum disorder, West Midlands, July 2015)
“C is now on full dose of propranolol and it seems to be helping her manage her anxiety. She has had no side effects to her seizure activity and both we and the school staff feel that she is coping better, less outbursts more smiles and interaction.
We have been able to resume home visits which is very positive. We had no behaviour outbursts from her last weekend which was fantastic.”
(mother of 13 year old girl with pre–existing severe learning difficulties, epilepsy and autism and original severe anxiety, now on active anxiety treatment, Birmingham, June 2015)
“It was good to meet you on Thursday, and we really wanted to thank you for listening to and believing us, it means a lot!”
(mother of 10 year old boy with the demand avoidant variant of Autistic Spectrum Disorder diagnosed by me as part of a multi-disciplinary team, North Yorkshire, June 2015)
“I am just amazed!!!! 2nd night in a row R has just lay down and gone to sleep!! No hour of moving, twitching and fidgeting just good night and sleep.
I feel like everything made sense to me yesterday. All the little niggles I had in my mind that things weren’t quite right. I can’t thank you enough. I feel relieved and optimistic for R’s future. ”
(mother of 9 year old girl with newly diagnosed ADHD, and behavioural sleep disorder. Birmingham, June 2015)
“Just wanted to say again thankyou so much for seeing Grace and I yesterday. I can’t tell you the relief I feel today!
(mother of 8 year old girl with likely PDA ‘subtype’ of Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Derbyshire, June 2015)”
I thought you wld be interested to know that M has done so much better in the summer exams and I’m thrilled !!!
I think it’s due to the right amount of medication and top ups !!! ,the 25. % extra time ! use of computer and a promoter if necessary !! At last I think he is starting to reach his potential !! Gaining in confidence and behaving himself !!!
If it hadn’t been for you Jo I think he wld have been expelled by now !!!
Thank you SO much ”
(mother of 14 year old with treated ADHD, Warwickshire, June 2015)
I’m just sitting here crying like a loon....I had to share with you a piece of work that R handed me that she did at school today. This is the first thing she had ever done that is a) legible b) on the lines c) neat (it’s beautiful) and d) actually finished!!! I literally cannot believe the difference (also sent a pre medication example of her typical standard of work).
I am literally gobsmacked and so so happy and of course grateful to you for your help. Her teacher came out today to say what a fantastic day she had had, she can’t get over the difference in her concentration in the past few days.
Once again, Thankyou x
I don’t think I could have been happier had she handed me a lottery ticket xx”
(mother of 8 year old girl with newly diagnosed and treated ADHD, Lancashire, June 2015)
“One thing we both do agree on, is that our family consultation with both yourself and Judy was very informative and gratefully received.”
(father of 9 year old girl with Pathological Demand Avoidant ‘subtype’ of Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Bedfordshire, June 2015)
“I just wanted to thank you both for the time you spent with T and I yesterday. It felt so much better to have a really in depth conversation about him without having to worry about the clock. I’ve known him for eight years but learnt a lot of new things about him yesterday.”
(mother of extremely complex child with severe attachment disorder and pre–existing ASD, Yorkshire, June 2015)
“Firstly thank you so very much for your time today. I was amazed at your input and cannot tell you how much it meant to be heard and for Liam to have his needs finally identified with a clear goal of further assessment and support. I’ve come home and had time to digest everything and although it’s a big thing to get towards a diagnosis that I felt he should have had years ago, I feel so very relieved that how he presents has been noted and I feel heard. Amazing insight that you have and you just knew what I was talking about.
It’s amazing what you do and you could certainly teach people elsewhere how to be a child paediatrician with a child’s best interest at heart with how in tune and respectful you are with our children who are different. L loved you and was so comfortable with you. He said you are the best doctor he has ever seen. I told him it’s because you just know what to do and how to do it
A massive step forward for L and he hugged you!!!!!! Omg!!!! Was v impressed.
Again thank you so much and after eight years... Well nearly nine I just feel like finally Liam can have his needs met and we can move forward.
Thank you Dr Jo!!”
(mother of 8 year old boy with likely autistic Spectrum Disorder, Manchester, June 2015)
“The medication has helped Enormously Hes a different boy school are so pleased too so thankyou so Much x x”
(mother of 10 year old boy with now diagnosed and treated ADHD, Warwickshire, June 2015)
“Hi Jo, Thank you so much for seeing us on Tuesday. M is reassured and we really appreciate you listening to her and believing what she says. She now has an action plan and is motivated to follow it.
(mother of 8 year old girl with tummy aches, Worcestershire, June 2015)
“Thanks so much Jo I can never ever thank you enough for all you have done :)”
(mother of 7 month old with severe reflux and pain, Redditch, June 2015)
“It was really reassuring to meet with you and to feel on leaving that we had been understood in our anxieties about M. Whatever the eventual diagnosis for M is, we feel that we can make some steps forward in helping her to cope with life and its many demands, with your support. So, thank you.”
(parents of 7 year old girl with likely PDA subtype of Autistic Spectrum Disorder, West Midlands, May 2015)
“Thanks to your input A is now flying both academically and with his sports achievements.”
(parents of 15 year old boy with previously untreated and undiagnosed ADHD, Warwickshire, May 2015)
“Thank you for your help in swiftly diagnosing J – it has made the world of difference in empowering me to fight his corner and stand my ground in what proves to be a murky and opaque work of school assessments and support. I’ve now got the knowledge to find out for myself what he needs and without you I would still be struggling to get a correct diagnosis. I also understand my son a whole lot better which has eased frustrations and made us a lot closer as a result. Life changing. Thank you so much.”
(mother of 7 year old boy with the PDA subtype of Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Solihull, April 2015)
“Thank you so much for the wonderful news – we can’t stop smiling! I am so relieved.
I’ve passed your hug on, thank you for all your care – you’ve been fantastic.
Best wishes, x”
(mother of 8 year old girl with funny episodes, found not to be epileptic, Northamptonshire, April 2015)
“Just wanted to share progress with H.... We have just had the most amazing parents evening/meeting at school and H has today been presented with the half term achievement cup to reward him for all his efforts. He is going from strength to strength and the aggression has gone and instead he is now much more focused and happy - thank you....”
(father of 10 year old boy with newly diagnosed and treated ADHD, Warwickshire, March 2015)
“To Dr Jo,
Thank you for finding our boys smile again”
(parents of 14 year old now successfully diagnosed and treated for severe Attention Deficit Disorder, Warwickshire, March 2015)
“Thank you for all your help with C. We really needed your help XXX”
(parents of 5 month old baby boy with urine infections and kidney abnormality, March 2015)
“Thank you so much for your time yesterday, E and I both think you’re lovely.”
(mother of 8 year old girl with possible seizure, Northamptonshire, March 2015)
“It was lovely to meet you last week. It was great that B was so open and honest with you and he clearly felt at ease talking to you. Thanks for your help.”
(mother of 12 year old boy with newly diagnosed ADHD, West Midlands, March 2015)
“We are on Week 3 of the equasym 20mg and all I can say is WOW!
S has a weekly chart in class and his 3 targets are:
1. To sit ready to learn
2. To remember to put my hand up if I have something to say
3. I complete my work to a high standard and check it when I’m finished
He has had full gold stars for every category EVERY day for the last 2 weeks....which, as you can imagine, prior to these meds was completely unheard of!
We are absolutely delighted for him!”
(mother of 10 year old boy with diagnosed and now treated ADHD, Northamptonshire, March 2015)
“I am pleased to say F is much more settled and finally sleeping well. It’s like having a different baby! Thank you again for your help.”
(mother of 4 month old baby boy with reflux and milk intolerance after diagnosis and treatment, Birmingham, March 2015)
“Well worth the trip and a breath of fresh air, thank you. At least we know that we have taken the most appropriate steps for S.”
(parents of 9 year old girl with suspected Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Dorset, March 2015)
“C is so happy and feels he can move forward with understanding...which is the most important bit. My mum (the sceptic now thoroughly on board) agrees with me when I say how lucky we are to have your expertise and care on our doorstep. We moved here for a reason I think xxx Have a lovely weekend.”
(mother of 17 year old boy newly diagnosed with and treated for ADHD, Warwickshire, March 2015)
“Thank you very much for your time this evening: your observations and advice regarding the bedwetting problem were reassuring and extremely helpful. ”
(mother of 9 year old boy with bed wetting, Warwickshire, February 2015)
“I just wanted to say thank you for yesterday and want you to know that speaking about it with you has helped me. I wrote a letter like you said and I haven’t decided what to do with it yet but I’ll show it to mama and she can let me know how she feels. You just listened and spoke your mind and I appreciate that a lot. xxx”
(17 year old girl with family relationship problems, Warwickshire, February 2015)
“Dear Dr Jones
It was an absolute pleasure to meet you last week we were both really impressed with your thoroughness, we just wished all Doctors were as good as you and we can completely understand why you were so highly recommended. Although we were expecting the news we received, we still had heavy hearts but it’s great to know now how we can change all our lives for the better, including mine.
The sleep tablets you prescribed have worked beautifully and he asks for them every night now, considering his normal forgetfulness he always reminds us and is asleep in 20 mins. The sleep has made a huge difference already we cannot thank you enough.
This was just a note to thank you ”
(parents of 8 year old boy with ADHD and very likely autistic spectrum disorder, Warwickshire, February 2015)
“We started the special milk last week and I have a new baby! Happy to feed, no screaming whilst burping!
It was a bit of a fight to get to this point! But, thank you so much for your help!”
(mother of 10 week old baby with reflux and milk intolerance, West Midlands, February 2015)
“Dear Dr Jo,
Thank you so much for today’s appointment and all your help – it was so incredibly useful for us and has been such a relief for me personally.
We couldn’t have asked for a better appointment both in terms of the way it was set out, the level of comfort, etc. You made it so much less painful than it could have been. Thank you.”
(mother of 11 year old boy with very likely classical Autistic spectrum disorder, South West Wales, February 2015)
“You exemplify the best of people who care for children. ”
(senior Paediatric Consultant West Midlands, February 2015)
“J has made real progress since the medication began and there is a noticeable improvement in his urge to fidget and fiddle. He has calmed down at school and is generally an easier boy to control in the classroom environment. He has needed less instruction and intervention from staff in order to begin lessons and seems happier in school.
All staff have noticed the difference in his behaviour since the medication began and where he was once very noticeably the ‘naughty’ boy in the class this has, on the whole, decreased to a negligible level for most of the time.”
(teacher of 9 year old boy originally due for permanent school exclusion, now diagnosed with and treated for ADHD, Warwickshire, February 2015)
“Thank you for your report. I appreciate that I have not attended the meetings between yourself, S & R, however I wanted to take the time to thank you for your time and feedback.
Your work has made both myself and R feel much more comfortable with S’s development and we are both very grateful.”
(father of 6 month old baby boy with delayed vision and delayed development, South Warwickshire, February 2015)
“I know K felt a lot better after she saw you, so thank you for all your help with my family.”
(mother of 17 year old girl with anxiety and depression, Leicestershire, January 2015)
“Just couldn’t contain my excitement … R’s just received best ever class, prep and attainment grades! And not a ‘2’ in sight!!!!!!!
School acknowledge that somethings working!...................
Thought youd be pleased to hear.”
(mother of 14 year old boy with now diagnosed and treated ADHD, Oxfordshire January 2015)
“Thank you so much for all your support and kindness in our very difficult time. Many thanks”
(mother of 3 year old girl with likely classical Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Coventry, January 2015)
“I feel a sense of relief that both children have been seen and that now a plan is in place to help them both.
Many many thanks Jo. I am still trying to process all of the information but I am so grateful, it is life changing stuff.”
(mother of siblings (10 and 3) with possible Autistic Spectrum Disorder, West Midlands, January 2015)
“Hi Jo, Happy new year!
M started on the melatonin before Christmas with great success. She still needs the consistent bedtime routine with a little cuddle or massage but a marked decrease in dark thoughts and anxiety.”
(mother of 10 year old girl with newly diagnosed autistic spectrum disorder and marked anxiety with sleep disturbance, Dorset, January 2015)
“We’ve got more out of the last hour and a half with you than in the past 10 years with other doctors It’s been fantastic.”(father)
“Thank you Jo! A very good, positive experience for us yesterday. And lovely friendly hospitality too. Many many thanks. My head was very much eased by visiting you, if that makes sense. Verification of difficulties, not just me overacting, has made it all seem more optimistic somehow.” (mother)
(parents of 10 year old boy, now with optimised medical management of ADHD and likely high functioning autistic spectrum disorder, Channel Islands, January 2015)
“Thanks Jo for all of your amazing support!”
(mother of 18 month old boy with viral blistering mouth infection, South Warwickshire, January 2015)
“Kim, The Ed psych was lovely for R. Waiting for the report but headline is well above average intelligence with poor literacy & lowish working memory. All indications point to dyslexia & possibly ADD. You did a great job as ever thank you.”
(mother of 6 year old boy with anxiety and overtly emotional behaviour, Warwickshire, December 2014)
“He has had a very good term with excellent exam results and report. His confidence is definitely improving with each success, and he is a much happier boy and far less anxious!”
(parents of 15 year old boy with Attention Deficit Disorder, now diagnosed and treated, December 2014)
“Thank you for your email and for seeing us yesterday. Things have changed here already! I was able to put O down to sleep tonight very quickly. I won’t go on but I did just want you to know that you have helped me enormously – I had been ignoring my own instincts! Have a lovely Christmas!”
(mother of 14 month old boy with behavioural sleep disturbance, Warwickshire, December 2014)
“More than anything I think it helped for her to receive some instruction from you rather than Mummy and Daddy, she still talks regularly about Dr Jo with the curly hair.”
(father of 5 year old with behavioural constipation, Warwickshire, December 2014)
“M said in the car “I like that doctor, can’t we always go to her”? ”
(mother of 10 year old girl with chronic cough, Warwickshire, December 2014)
“Just want to reiterate the benefits of Propranolol, and the fact that it has allowed us to do tonnes of therapeutic work with her ourselves that we couldn’t do before. Huge improvements made in the last few months!”
(mother of 6 year old girl with PDA subtype of Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Hertfordshire, December 2014)
“Just a note to thank you for seeing us on Wednesday. T was really relaxed with you and confident to talk about problem – it makes a massive difference when he feels able to be honest about what’s going on as I know he finds it embarrassing.”
(mother of 10 year old boy with bedwetting, North Warwickshire, November 2014)
“Hello, I just wanted to say thank you so much for everything, I gave B the sleepy juice and within half hour he was feeling really tired an went to sleep, until I woke him at 7am this morning, and I didn’t have to keep going back in 10 million times to try and wake him, :–)... all of the children were in bed and asleep by half 8 and I had half hour to myself. Thank you again, :–) ”
(mother of 6 year old boy with impairing ADHD and sleep problems, after prescribing Melatonin, North Warwickshire, November 2014)
“I have had tears in my eyes constantly since he has been on it (the ADHD meds) , he is even using a different voice , I can’t explain how different he is and he is so eager to please and be good and helpful. The propranolol helped a lot with the anxiety but made the ADHD much more obvious and the sensory difficulties , He was able for the first time to realise when things were bothering him , he ripped a label out of his shirt and said it had been hurting him – before I don’t think he knew what was what and neither did we . The anxiety meds meant he would leave the house and try things but it didn’t work as the behaviour meant it wasn’t successful till the ADHD meds started. He was to an extent almost un– manageable and had been hitting spitting and pulling hair of school staff , day one of the meds (ADHD) and he has been an angel and is working again , he doesn’t want break time as he just wants to work. The meds are having an amazing effect at school and home , he is back doing work and all challenging behaviour has stopped . Thank you Jo ”
(mother of extraordinarily un–manageable boy with PDA subtype of Autism and untreated ADHD plus profound anxiety, after first anti–anxiety medication and then ADHD medication was used, Wiltshire, November 2014).
“Thank you so so much for yesterday. Regarding our son, I was pretty floored by how astutely you worked out his character with only a few snippets from us. I have never talked to anyone so insightful, intuitive and switched on as yourself. I struggled to keep up!!! I am so grateful, Jo.”
(mother of 3 year old girl with likely Pathological Demand Avoidance subtype of Autistic Spectrum Disorder, with an older son with probable classical Autistic Spectrum Disorder, West Midlands, November 2014)
“Hi lovely to see you today. Thank you so much for all your help. Feeling quite relieved now I have an answer and feel I can now move further with education etc. Thank you”
(mother of 3 year old girl with newly diagnosed Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Lincolnshire, November 2014)
“There has been an unbelievable improvement on medication. It was the first parents’ evening ever when we were not told “If only T could concentrate”. There is a clear change on and off medication. Progress is superb and T is starting Grade 1 in saxophone. He could never have contemplated this before.”
(mother of 9 year old boy with diagnosed and now treated ADHD, Northamptonshire, November 2014)
“Thank you very much for all your assistance – Super doctor ”
(mother of 18 month old girl with rectal bleeding, Warwickshire, November 2014)
“I don’t like going to the doctor’s because it’s boring but it wasn’t boring with you. It’s fun.”
(8 year old boy with likely Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Northamptonshire, November 2014)
“Hi Dr Jo,
We are looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday. Things are so much better than a year ago. The ADD meds have improved L’s life immeasurably. So much so that he received a progress prize from school, something unimaginable a year ago.”
(parents of 13 year old boy with High Functioning Autistic Spectrum Disorder and Attention Deficit Disorder, Warwickshire, November 2014)
“Just want to say thank you we have had 3 nights with the melatonin and wow!!! Asleep within 30 mins of having it and not waking till woken in morning after about 13 hours sleep!!! It's a miracle cure! I wish we had found it years ago”
(mother of 6 year old boy, diagnosed with ADHD and Autistic Spectrum Disorder plus sleep disorder, Shropshire, November 2014)
“Thanks for the mail. Lovely to hear from you. I cannot tell you how refreshing it is to speak to someone who instantly understands and can help and support C. It is much appreciated.”
(mother of 10 year old boy with high functioning Autistic Spectrum Disorder after asking for additional advice after consultation, Warwickshire, November 2014)
“I just thought I would let you know how G is getting on. Neither her teacher or myself and A can believe the impact it has had on her life. The volume of her writing has significantly increased, but so has her spelling, presentation and she even writes in perfect joined up writing which she didn’t even attempt before! G herself recognises how much it improves her writing, she said before she had the medication, she rarely got more than the date down on the page in her school lessons. My family can’t believe how her confidence has grown, she now happily chats away to all members of the family who she has never uttered a word to before, she constantly jokes around and laughs. It appears that now she can write, it she totally believes in herself.”
(mother of 7 Year old girl with ADHD and Dysgraphia, now diagnosed and treated, West Midlands, November 2014)
“C is doing really well with the medication. His ability to concentrate, complete task and not need instructions repeated numerous times has improved a lot. He also initiates learning tasks on his own, which is fantastic! Thank you so much for your help so far, it’s making such a difference.”
(mother of 7 year old boy with newly diagnosed and now treated ADHD, West Midlands, October 2014)
“Thank you so much for seeing S yesterday, you have helped to put my at rest that it isn’t anything life threatening. S and I both think that you very, very, very nice.”
(mother of 15 year old girl with abdominal pains, Coventry, October 2014)
“You will be pleased to hear that G has made enormous progress at school. The teachers are so pleased with how she is applying herself in lessons, and she has even been offered one of the lead roles in the Christmas nativity this year. ”
(mother of 6 year old girl, diagnosed with and treated for ADHD, South Warwickshire, October 2014)
Thank you for the letter. It was truly amazing to have our questions answered. The longer time went on and the worse C’s difficulties were getting and the more professionals that we were seeing that were just not helping or they were passing us around the more we worried about it there was anything else to it so it was good to have that worry relieved. ”
(mother of 7 year old boy with PDA type of Autistic Spectrum Disorder, seizures, Dyspraxia, severe anxiety and ADHD, Wiltshire, October 2014)
“I wanted to say a huge thank you for helping me get the diagnosis I need to fight J’s corner effectively within the school system. It’s been a huge weight lifted from my shoulders and just getting people to see J as having genuine difficulties rather than just challenging behaviour has made the world of difference in people’s tolerance and attitudes to him. He’s a lot happier as a result!”
(mother of 6 year old boy with Pathological Demand Avoidance subtype of Autistic Spectrum Disorder, West Midlands, October 2014)
“Thanks so much for seeing us early this week and for your report following our meeting. I have to tell you how helpful we felt our session with you was and how grateful we are for your continued support and patience(!) We both left your office actually feeling 99% lighter and relieved about our situation, I can’t really put into words how complex our feelings have been but I’m sure you have been able to tell from my emails that we were at an all–time low. Now we feel we have some direction at last. Thanks again for all your help. ”
(mother of 6 year old boy with complex behaviour problems and possible PDA subtype of Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Warwickshire, October 2014)
“He certainly seems to be in a better place and long may that continue. We are really pleased that the original referral was made, otherwise I dread to think where we might have been.”
(17 year old boy with ADHD now treated, West Midlands, September 2014)
“Thanks for today it was really helpful.”
(mother of 5 year old boy with severe learning difficulties, known Autistic Spectrum Disorder and severe behaviour difficulties, Derbyshire, September 2014)
“I think we were spoiled when we were under your care and had such easy access to you! Thank you! ”
(mother of 6 year old girl with increasingly complex epilepsy now under Tertiary Care, Warwickshire, September 2014)
“Thank you so much for today it was lovely to meet you. For once A (and myself) came away from meeting a professional feeling positive and happy. On our way out A took one of your cards with your email address on it and has put it in her phone case – she did feel at ease, thank you.”
(mother of 14 year old girl with severe anxiety, Warwickshire, September 2014)
“I wanted to give you a quick progress update. S is doing really well, and even did his homework (with some reminding) but concentrated and was diligent. He also received a merit on the first day of school.
Finally, thank you again, you’ve been a fantastic support, and I can’t thank you enough for the decency, kindness and genuine humanity you have shown me and my family. I’ve been through a few personal challenges in my time, and no doubt have a heap more to come, but this one caught me, as you want to do your best for your child and I couldn’t understand what was going on. Thank you so much for what your family has done for mine.”
(mother of 12 year old boy at brink of school expulsion, diagnosed with ADHD and likely Pathological Demand Avoidance subtype of Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Leicester, September 2014)
“Hope you are well. A started school here in North Carolina and is doing really AMAZING there. Things have definitely been improving now that we are home. A still remembers “Dr. Jo” and talks about how she really liked you a lot. You were such a big help and encouragement to us. Thanks so much! ”
(mother of 4 year old girl diagnosed with Pathological Demand Avoidance subtype of Autistic Spectrum Disorder, USA, September 2014)
“As always Jo, you are so supportive in coming back to me so quickly. You have no idea how comforting this is.”
(mother of 8 year old girl with ADHD, London, September 2014)
“Just a quick update re W.
The new propranolol really suits him.
He is a different boy!
He called you a miracle worker the other day!
He says things like “it is amazing, I am going back to school tomorrow and I don’t even care”
Less anxious, less oppositional, more organised, more able to accept assistance with his organisation, and much much more pleasant to be with.
(father of 13 year old boy, known ADHD and Autistic Spectrum Disorder, after starting Propranolol for severe anxiety, Warwickshire, September 2014)
“Thank you very much for the time you spent with us today, it was lovely to meet you. We would like you to treat Kyle and we are happy to travel down to see you as needed.
We can’t thank you enough for travelling to see us and for the time and effort taken. ”
(parents of nearly 6 year old boy with ADHD and very likely Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Edinburgh, August 2014)
“Jo, Thank you so much for meeting us last week. L was really happy about it. Talk soon and thank you for everything again. Just carry on being amazing. ”
(doctor mother of 24 year old man with ADHD needing support, Northamptonshire, August 2014)
“It was so good to see you again this with J this Summer. And thank you so much for the very thorough report. It is very clear and so helpful.”
(parents of 2 1/2 year old boy with global developmental delay, Japan, August 2014)
“we re a far cry from where we were when we first went into your office. We still have alot of wobbles but we will get there. He is havin his assessments for autism which r long but we are about half way through ! Just would like to say thank you jo for listening to us its really changed our life and it can only get better. thanks jo
(mother of 7 year old boy with ADHD and very likely autistic spectrum disorder, Wolverhampton, August 2014)
“Nearing the end of our stay in France – all gone remarkably well. The medication for both boys has improved things for us all massively!”
(mother of 9 and 7 year old boys with now medically managed ADHD, North Warwickshire, August 2014)
“It was of great importance to us that we had received official and professional advice from you as it has helped me put the pieces back together and remain focused on D’s needs longer term. My husband asked me what difference it would make getting a diagnosis and although it won’t change D and at the time i felt unsure myself, it has greatly influenced my husband and the wider family so wanted you to know your time and input made a huge difference.”
(mother of 16 year old boy with ADHD and very likely autistic spectrum disorder, Solihull, August 2014)
“Thank you for the reply, Jo. I have been told repeatedly by the GPs that there is nothing wrong with him and all babies cry so I should just accept this as normal. I can appreciate that they probably see a lot of anxious parents but a proper history was never taken to actually assess the problem and I was automatically assumed to be over–reacting. If the health visitor hadn’t supported me and told me not to be bullied into being quiet then I’d have believed the GP and we’d still have a very unhappy little boy and mother!
I am more comfortable with his behaviour now as the crying is ‘normal’ crying and I can usually associate it with hunger/tiredness etc. and we very rarely get the real screams of pain any more.
Thanks for your help I’m not sure how we’d have got through the last few weeks otherwise,
(mother of 3 month old baby boy with reflux, Birmingham, July 2014)
“Dear Dr Jo,
Thank you very much for the comprehensive report and for meeting with us, we really appreciate it.
Kind regards, K”
(mother of 17 month old girl with failure to thrive, Thailand, July 2014)
“Firstly thank you so much for seeing my Husband and I and of course T last week. To finally have confirmation of T’s ADHD and suspected high functioning ASD from you felt quite overwhelming but a huge relief in the knowledge we can all now do everything we can to help T. I just wish I hadn’t put my faith and trust in the many teachers over the years who came up with various excuses as to why an official diagnosis could never be made and were willing to dismiss T as a lazy, disruptive boy who needs to try harder.
Once again thank you for all your help.”
(mother of 14 year old boy with newly diagnosed ADHD and very likely high functioning autistic spectrum Disorder, Northamptonshire, July 2104)
“I read the National Autistic Society web page for PDA, and it was as if someone had lived with my son for five years and then described him...
Hi Jo, I just wanted to say a huge thank you for today and for speaking to my husband this evening. I have been researching the PDA and yes it definitely links to A. Thanks so much again for your time :)
All our best xx”
(father and mother of nearly 6 year old boy with likely Pathological Demand Avoidance subtype of Autistic Spectrum Disorder, United Arab Emirates, July 2014)
Even though we are no longer under your care, I wanted to email and thank you for your help with our son, B, you assessed him through the Solihull NHS and diagnosed ADHD and referred us to CAMHS for ASD assessment, this has been a very long journey 18mts and more, but we have just had a formal diagnosis of ASD along with the ADHD and dyslexia, I don’t think we would have got this far and got such a good understanding of our little boy without your help, thank you again – you really have made such a difference to B’s future
Thank you so much”
(parents of 7 year old with learning, and behavioural problems, Warwickshire, July 2014)
I just wanted to thank you for meeting with us yesterday and being so wonderfully lovely with E. You put her at ease, which is very rare talent indeed – thank you!
E asked me what you had said and I told her that you thought she was autistic and explained about her reactions to touch and light, as well as her difficulty understanding social interactions etc. She listened (intensely of course) and said that that explained everything, why she always feels different and why people don’t always make sense. Even why deodorant feels sticky and disgusting! It was like a weight had been lifted from her shoulders and she said that it feels really good to know there is a reason for always being different.
Thank you so much, because meeting with you yesterday, allowed us to give her that first seed of understanding and hopefully with support, she can grow in confidence and continue being the amazing person that she is, autism and all!
Many thanks and best wishes”
(mother of 10 year old girl with very likely high functioning autistic spectrum disorder, Warwickshire, July 2014)
Many thanks for your report it was a pleasure to meet you and we really appreciate the reassurance you have given us. S has taken sitting on the potty beautifully and has been doing well since last Thursday and yesterday did a big poo at nursery and one at home after dinner. Much cheering and applause on both occasions:)
Best regards xxx”
(mother of two year old girl with behavioural constipation and ‘holding on’, Warwickshire, June 2014)
“I just wanted to thank you for your time, I am aware that there was a lot to cram into an hours consultation, but I feel that it has helped greatly in getting support from school and being able to move forwards for further assessment.”
(nurse mother of 8 year old boy with likely ADHD and Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Warwickshire, June 2014)
We just wanted to express our sincere and heartfelt thanks for seeing us with T last week: having him diagnosed was like having a weight lifted from our shoulders and so much ‘makes sense’ now. We are greatly relieved that we can now help him and feel like this is a major turning point in his life.
He has already noticed a change in his ability to concentrate and we can see a genuine improvement in his general attitude and focus levels. Just last night, he completed his homework in record time, independently, without any fuss AND he did it brilliantly: we nearly fell over!
Thank you so very much!
Thank you again: we are all delighted with the diagnosis and T is happy (and loving that you called him ‘brilliant’)”
(teacher parent of 8 year old boy, North Warwickshire, June 2014)
“The best thing we ever did”
(father of 9 year old boy now treated for ADHD, South Warwickshire, June 2014)
Thank you so much for today, we have driven home in a daze but with a big weight lifted off our shoulders.
I now feel we have light at the end of the tunnel and can focus on making J’s life more fabulous.
We really appreciate everything you did and you made a big impact on J.
Once again many thanks”
(parents of 5 year old girl diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Merseyside, June 2014)
“It was lovely seeing you! I got quite emotional actually. You made such a huge difference to all of our lives. ”
(mother of six year old girl with horrific colic and reflux as a baby, Warwickshire, June 2014)
“We would just like to thank you for how brilliant you were with E today, you made something that could seem quite scary and daunting, okay (if you know what I mean). Thanks again for all your help, we really are very grateful.”
(parents of 14 year old girl with long term anxiety, anger, school refusal and depression, just diagnosed with PDA form of Autistic Spectrum Disorder, after full family discussion, Warwickshire, May 2014)
“I just want to say a huge thank you for everything you have done in regards to getting E a diagnosis.”
(mother of 6 year old girl diagnosed with Pathological Demand Avoidance subtype of Autistic Spectrum Disorder, after multidisciplinary assessment, Coventry, May 2014)
“J had great reports from teachers at Parent’s Evening last week – they have noticed a big difference since we saw you in March.”
(mother of 14 year old boy with ADHD previously on the brink of permanent exclusion from school, West Midlands, May 2014)
Thank you for the information on Sensory Processing.... it made a lot of sense to me. The Dyspraxia report was VERY useful too. Thank you so much for sending me this information and for your continued support.. I can’t tell you how different life feels right now, since meeting you. You have done more for us in a week than CAMHS have done for us in 6 years!”
(mother of 11 year old girl with Autistic Spectrum Disorder and sensory difficulties, East Midlands, May 2014)
“It was great meeting you yesterday and last night A said to me “I know the depression and everything isn’t just going to disappear but I feel calmer knowing that finally someone else, other than you, understands what I’m going through”.. she thought you were lovely.”
(mother of 11 year old girl with ADD and very likely Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Northampton, May 2014)
“It should be noted that H has been taking a beta–blocker and we have seen a great deal of improvement in the last three weeks. Our recent holiday was the first time we were able to enjoy without a breakdown. H has mentioned that she feels better as well.”
(mother of 9 year old girl with Autistic Spectrum Disorder and significant (now successfully treated) anxiety, South Warwickshire, May 2014)
“It was a pleasure to meet you and thank you for making M feel very comfortable. She was extremely reassured after the consultation with you.”
(mother of 16 year old girl with rectal bleeding, Warwickshire, May 2014)
“Hi It was lovely to meet with you yesterday and it was so so nice to chat to a doctor that knows and understands how T does struggle.”
(mother of 11 year old boy with Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Birmingham, May 2014)
“Hi Jo, We wanted to thank you for taking the time to meet with us and check I over for us the other week.
It is a huge relief to us to know that she is physically and mentally fine – it is certainly a big weight off my mind to know that everything has been considered, and actually she is just being a bit of a madam! It makes parenting so much easier if you know what you are dealing with...
We took I off dairy as suggested, and already there is a massive difference – we haven’t had a single nappy explosion in the last few days, it’s quite wonderful not to have to change her outfits a couple of times a day (since she doesn’t enjoy that!) and she seems much less windy and bloated than she did. She is also not crying in the night at all, as she was doing before.
Thanks ever so much – and for the report, too, I’m amazed you could capture everything so well with I wailing at the top of her lungs! ”
(mother of 14 month old baby girl with previously undiagnosed lactose intolerance, Warwickshire, May 2014)
Thank you again very much for yesterday, we both found the consultation hugely informative and helpful.
It also gave us positive but realistic reassurance and put all of our internet ‘research’ into perspective.
We can both now start to look forwards and enjoy M’s development as well as helping her as much as we possibly can.
It was great meeting you, on a personal and professional level, and we will keep you informed of M’s progress.”
(parents of 6 month old baby girl with right sided weakness, Dudley, West Midlands, May 2014)
“The difference in M since last fri is remarkable he is now reading because he has chosen too !! He'd started So many books in the past and never got more than half way through having lost interest !! ”
(Mother of 13 year old boy recently diagnosed with and treated for ADHD, Warwickshire, May 2014)
I just wanted to let you know that F is doing really well on the medication. She is so much happier and doesn’t seem in pain anymore; I dont even have to try to get a smile out of her now.
We have even managed the last two nights in bed for the first time ever!
Thank you so much for your help.”
(mother of 4 month old baby girl with severe gastro–oesophageal reflux, Staffordshire, May 2014)
“The first thing J said to me after our visit: it’s a relief that someone is actually listening to me and understands my difficulties.”
(mother of 16 year old girl with Attention Deficit Disorder and Dyspraxia, South Warwickshire, May 2014)
“It was a pleasure meeting you today. Thank you very much. It felt like a breath of fresh air having someone who understands the children's needs and who wants to help. They both really liked you.”
(mother of 11 and 9 year olds with sleep and behaviour difficulties, South Warwickshire, April 2014)
“You really are such a wonderful doctor (and person), who makes such an incredible difference to so many children’s lives! W and the family will never forget the positive impact that you have had (continue to have) on our lives, in terms of W.”
(parents of 9 year old boy with high functioning autistic spectrum and ADHD, Wales, April 2014)
“It has been incredibly reassuring seeing you, Jo. Youve had difficult and brave things to say to us but you say them with such care and warmth and it hasn’t mattered if I’ve got upset – youve understood. Thank you so much for your support great expertise and kindness. I wish I could keep seeing you just for your understanding and that you make us all feel safe and well looked after.”
(mother of 3 year old girl with Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Warwickshire, April 2014)
“Thank you so much for your time, care and attention today. D did like you!”
(father of 7 year old girl with probable Autistic Spectrum Disorder with features of Pathological Demand Avoidance, Bristol, April 2014)
“I know D’s father has already said this, but I’d like to thank you myself for taking so much time with us last Wednesday to discuss D. I am desperate to find a way to make her life, and consequently all our lives, better. It is refreshing to speak to someone with so much experience that is prepared to hear what we are saying.”
(mother of 7 year old girl with probable Pathological Demand Avoidance subtype of Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Bristol, April 2014)
Thank you SO much for yesterday. We both took on board everything you had to say and as always you spoke a great deal of sense!
A huge huge thank you – thank God we found you!!!”
(parents of 6 year old daughter with ADHD and 10 year old daughter with impairing anxiety, Oxfordshire, April 2014)
“The meds definitely help me with my work at school, I pay attention a lot more and get a lot of notes down so it makes me feel better about work.”
(17 year old boy with now treated ADHD, Solihull, March 2014)
“Thanks so much. I can’t believe the difference it has made! ”
(mother of 8 year old girl with appalling sleep, after sleep management, Solihull, March 2014)
“He has been taking his Medikinet at school everyday and that has gone really well. Parents evening was positive for the first time in 2 years and he has begun to write stories which is amazing! Thanks as ever”
(mother of 9 year old boy newly diagnosed and medicated for ADHD and also diagnosed with dysgraphia, Warwickshire, March 2014)
“I just want to say how amazing you are! You are unstoppable! I’m so happy on how fast you have sorted things out for M.”
(mother of 11 month old baby girl after a swift diagnosis and management of a chronic urine infection, Coventry, March 2014)
“Thank you for your help and taking the time out to reply. You have restored my faith in doctors!”
(mother of two year old child with mouth ulcers and general ill–health, South Warwickshire, March 2014)
Hope your well. I just wanted to drop you a note to say a huge ‘thank you’ for you advice and help with T. I was at such a low after the complete lack of support from the GP and Health Visitor. He really is a completely different baby now and is an absolute joy to look after. Thanks again.”
(mother of 4 month old baby with severe reflux and milk intolerance, Birmingham, March 2014)
“I’m amazed at what time and how quick you answer. Thank you though. It is brilliant!
Interestingly he’s sleeping as well – your magic wand! Keep waving it!
Thank you again!”
(mother of 2 year old boy with poor sleep and severe constipation, after advice and laxative treatment, South Warwickshire, March 2014)
“I is really getting back on track and she seems to have turned a corner in the last few weeks. She is smiling it is so lovely to see. Many thanks for all your help.”
(mother of 10 year old girl with chronic anxiety–induced symptoms, South Warwickshire, March 2014)
“I must admit that we have really noticed an improvement in H’s behaviour and ability to concentrate since he has been on the medication. He is focused on his work and is really making better progress as a result. I am particularly impressed with his retention of key words and progress with phonics, writing and reading lately. He is also contributing some super ideas in discussions and seems better able to listen too.”
(class teacher of 6 year old boy, treated for ADHD, Northamptonshire, March 2014)
“The medication – it’s turned her life around. She used to barely write anything, just a few lines, and now she can concentrate all day. I’ve realised why I’ve never been able to finish anything myself and I saw a Specialist and I am going to try medication too – I can’t wait!”
(mother with ADHD talking about her daughter aged 9 and her own personal discovery, South Warwickshire, March 2014)
“Just to say a huge “Thank you!” for today. J has reacted very well to his diagnoses and feels relieved to finally gain a better understanding of himself. He tells me you are the only “shrink” who has ever really helped him and he has seen a raft of professionals in his time!
He wants to come back to see you again and I think it’s the least his Dad and I can do, after all these years of watching him struggle on. I think he needs another appointment to help him make sense of things and I know he will trust you to start his treatment off and get him on the optimum dose etc.
Thanks very much again for helping J so much today and making such a great difference to him and how he feels about himself.”
(mother of 14 year old boy with previously undiagnosed ADHD and very likely PDA subtype of Autistic Spectrum Disorder, West Midlands, March 2014)
“Just wanted to let you know that J was asleep by 7.45 last night and only woke once! ”
(mother of 8 year old boy with ADHD, likely PDA form of Autistic Spectrum Disorder and appalling sleep pattern, waking countless times in the night – after sleep management and Melatonin, Staffordshire, March 2014)
“I just wanted to thank you for the time that you gave us yesterday. We really appreciated you coming and talking with us.
Thanks again Jo, we appreciated your directness, understanding, patient centricity and time which helped us greatly.”
“I can’t thank you enough for your help and support. Both T and C felt much happier after meeting with you – thanks for organising the appointment.”
(parents and also GP of 15 year old girl with epilepsy, Warwickshire, March 2014)
“M is still asserting he wants to be a doctor after his experience with you!!!”
(mother of 4 year old boy with enlarged neck glands and after a painless blood test, Warwickshire, March 2014)
“I wanted to say thank you so much for being so wonderful with L at our appointments. Not only were you very thorough and considered L’s situation brilliantly, you were also friendly and made L... and us at ease. You are a wonderful lady and doctor... very suited to your profession! Very best wishes to you and thanks again, x”
(mother of 7 year old girl with tummy aches, Warwickshire, March 2014)
“Good morning. I honestly cannot thank you enough for your time and patience yesterday. We feel like there is light at the end of the tunnel now.
Thank you again so much!
S (a very happy mummy)”
(mother of 8 year old boy with ADHD and likely Pathological Demand Avoidance subtype of Autism, Staffordshire, February 2014)
“Thank you so much for seeing us with Ben today. It was really helpful. Thank you again was lovely to meet you. ”
(mother of 6 year old boy with ADHD and possible Autistic Spectrum Disorder, West Midlands, February, 2014)
“Just want to thank u for today it’s a lot to take in and maybe a few days for me to get my head around but I’m so glad we came and saw u ! thank u so much again and if anyone I know are experiencing problems with there Child u will be the one I tell them to see !!! ”
(mother of 6 year old boy with ADHD, very likely Autistic Spectrum Disorder and Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Wolverhampton, February 2014)
“I want to come to see you on the advice of my friend. You saw her daughter for constipation. She’d been under a Consultant for 5 years with no success and you saw her just once and made her better. She is absolutely fine now, thanks to you.”
(8 year old girl with chronic constipation and soiling, Wolverhampton, February 2014)
“Thanks for your help with our angel, C, who thinks your fab!”
(father of 3 year old girl with prolonged severe viral illness, severe loss of weight and eating– related behavioural difficulties, Warwickshire, February 2014)
“Thank you again for everything you have done. I couldn’t have got through half of what I have without your never ending support and commitment. I truly value everything.”
(Mother of 16 year old boy with ADHD, Solihull, February 2014)
“I cannot impress on how much you are helping us with these pupils. It makes such a difference.”
(Head of Year, large secondary school in Warwickshire, writing about young people with ADHD, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, anxiety issues etc, February 2014)
“Thank you – you have given me such peace of mind. Thank you so much for your time xxx”
(mother of 5 year old boy with leg pains after advice, Warwickshire, February 2014)
“I really appreciate all you’ve done. THANK YOU! Onwards and upwards…”
(mother of 10 year old boy with Autistic Spectrum Disorder, diagnosed after years of problems, Cambridgeshire, February 2014)
“Just wanted to let you know how positive A is this evening. He says he felt so much better at school today – knowing now that his symptoms were brought on by anxiety. I know its early days but I think, thanks to you, we have turned a corner.”
(mother of 17 year old guy with significant physical symptoms secondary to an anxiety disorder, Warwickshire, January, 2014)
“You’ve taken such a weight of my mind. It’s been very frightening every time it happens. Meeting you has been a breath of fresh air.”
(mother of 6 year old boy with reflex anoxic seizures, Coventry, February 2014)
“With all the focus on school and education I had not even begun to think about happiness levels being affected by the medication. I think now that maybe he was more depressed than we had realised as the one thing he talks about most is feeling lighter and happier. This makes the whole family function better. ”
(mother describing 11 year old son treated for ADHD, Worcestershire, February 2014)
“Thank you for your support and patience with us during this process, you’ve made it a much less stressful experience, and A really enjoyed her appointments!!”
(mother of 9 year old girl with enlarged glands, South Warwickshire January 2014)
“It was great to see you today. R thinks your fab!!”
(mother of 6 year old boy with headaches, South Warwickshire, January 2014)
“It was lovely to see you this morning, and a relief from a lot of concern as well. So thank you for that! ”
(mother of 7 year old girl with queried precocious puberty, Warwick, January 2014)
“I’ve been wanting to meet you for a long time. You have a lovely way about you and your efficiency really comes across. You can tell you love your job.”
(Mother of 10 year old with growth delay, Warwickshire, Jan 2014)
“All sounds good to me ! I already feel like some weight has been lifted !! Thank u Jo it’s so refreshing to talk to a doctor who speaks normal language !!”
(mother of 7 year old boy with likely ADHD, West Midlands, January 2014)
“I can not put into words how much I appreciate you giving so much time to talk to me about this. Not only has it really helped to focus my mind to the best way forward, it has also given me hope that there is actually someone who will take me seriously and will help my daughter.”
(Mother of 8 year old girl with complex behavioural and co–ordination difficulties, South Birmingham, January 2014)
“Thank you so again for all your help, support and reassurance with A, she is like a different child, we are very grateful.”
(mother of 12 year old girl with anxiety–induced multiple physical symptoms, Warwickshire, January 2014)
“We have decided that we would prefer to stay under your care. We feel that you have extensive expertise in this area and I very much feel that your passion for these types of children is priceless and therefore you would look after each case you have as if they were your own child.”
(teacher parents of 9 year old boy with ADHD and Dyspraxia, Warwickshire, January 2014)
“In my opinion, Jo Jones is one of the most caring and experienced Paediatricians I have ever come across, someone who gives up far more time for her patients than is actually allocated to her.”
(Head of Children’s Community Nursing, Solihull and Birmingham)
“Wow. This is the first time I have been able to sit and work non stop until I have finished in years, cannot believe the difference, started to work and actually wanted to do it. Incredible.
Thank you for the help, thought I’d just email to say thanks,”
(17 year old guy diagnosed and now treated for ADHD, Solihull, January 2014)
“We appreciated the education you provided about the condition, and for putting us all at ease during the assessment!”
(father of 5 year old boy attending for Dyspraxia assessment, Solihull, January 2014)
“There is not a thing in the world I could give you to thank you for all your hard work, help and constant dedication with D.
It is really appreciated and valued.”
(mother of 16 year old with ADHD and ASD, Solihull, January 2014)
“I found it easy to talk to you. You listened to me and how I felt – it didn’t feel like you were just doing your job but that you really cared.”
(14 year old boy with mood disturbance, Warwickshire, December 2013)
“I would like to thank you very much for your help with my daughter as we are now having regular dry nights and she also gets up in the night to go to the toilet on occasions. She is continuing to improve and I am very pleased with her progress.”
(father of 10 year old girl with bedwetting, Stourbridge, December 2013)
“Thank you for the meeting today, we found it very useful. Even J was positive on the way home!”
(parents of 17 year old boy with ADHD and ODD, West Midlands, December 2013)
“The reason I am contacting you as opposed to anyone else is because you saw my son quite a few years ago for behavioural constipation at your NHS clinic in solihull and I was so impressed with you. You got results when everyone else had failed. He no longer has a problem.”
(mother with new enquiry, Solihull, December 2013)
“Thank you for everything you’ve been brilliant it’s helped so much finally getting the answers and help for P. Thank you ”
(mother of 8 year old boy with learning difficulties and very likely Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Shropshire, December 2013)
“I wanted to send you a little email to thank you for everything. The Authority have decided to assess Charlie for a Statement, so here’s hoping your reports have some much needed information for them.
It was really nice to meet you both.”
(parents of 10 year old child with PDA subtype of Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Wigan area, December 2013)
“Dear Jo, Thank you so much for seeing R yesterday, you put our minds at ease. I was beginning to think I was losing the plot!”
(mother of four year old boy with sleep apnoea, chronic cough and chest wall deformity, Coventry, November 2013)
“We had a rather stressful time after we met you, preparing for our trip and, of course, implementing the motivational approach you suggested for S, both at home and at nursery.
I created some lovely daily charts for S and he has been , in the days before I left, eager.
I have not had an update for the past few days, other than to say that he DID A POO in the toilet and one of his brothers even took a picture – we were all over the moon.
The Nursery staff is keeping up well with their charts and we all hope we will get there.
In the meantime, I can only say
(mother of 4 year old boy with pooing problems, North Warwickshire, November 2013)
“Dear Jo, Thank you so much for your time today. It was an extremely informative, interesting and beneficial assessment and I hope we can now start to make some positive progress. ”
(mother of 14 year old girl with low mood, anger, organisational issues and academically struggling, South Warwickshire, November 2013)
“I cannot tell you the amazing support we felt being under your care. You are not only a Doctor but also a person who we felt fully listened and understood our anxieties as parents. Gave necessary advice and tips that have helped us immensely. Please never loose the wonderful personal skills you have”
(parents of 10 year old boy with ADHD and High Functioning Autistic Spectrum disorder, North Warwickshire, November 2013)
“I feel very confident going forward with medication for L. As with all good, experienced professionals, you answered many questions that I hadn’t yet realised that I needed to ask!”
(mother of 13 year old boy with newly diagnosed Attention Deficit Disorder, dysgraphia and likely High Functioning Autistic Spectrum Disorder, North Warwickshire, November 2013)
“It was really nice to meet both you and Nikki today. We felt at ease and could talk openly with someone without feeling judged, for a change. ”
(mother of 10 year old boy with new diagnosis of PDA subtype of Autistic Spectrum Disorder, near Warrington, November 2013)
“Dr Jo Jones is the most kind, sympathetic and caring doctor I have come across in 38 years of nursing. Her approach towards the families is based on her speaking to them as equals. All of the clients I have ever referred to her have spoken extremely highly of her.”
(Senior Nurse, West Midlands, November 2013)
“E won’t be holding the blood test against you, in fact she was rather proud of the little hole in her arm and how brave she’d been last night.
She talks about you all the time. Every time there’s anybody who’s ill, she says ‘You’ve got to see Dr Jo!’" ”
(mother of two year old girl with food allergy, Warwickshire, November 2013)
“I can still hardly believe it but we won the tribunal. Yesterday we went to Penarth to instruct a specialist solicitor to help us through the next stage. He was particularly impressed with your report. In fact EVERYONE has been particularly impressed with your report and the judge remarked that it was one of the best reports she had read – “informative to the lay man and very well written”.
Just think our visit to you started all of this and finally we have a school we really think will be suitable for C. ”
(mother of 11 year old girl with ADHD, Dyspraxia and very likely Autism, Dorset, November 2013)
“I wanted to thank you for your help over the Summer with T. It was a great relief to have you point us in the right direction and I appreciate your help.
Many thanks and best wishes”
(mother of 12 year old boy with kidney abnormalities, South Warwickshire, October 2013)
“I wanted to give you an update once we had observed D taking the meds and then talked to his teachers about his behaviour.
His new teachers noticed that he had ‘matured’ in the last few weeks. He was less fidgety and able to follow given tasks much better. His reading has also greatly improved and he can read a whole book in 15 minutes.
The difference at home has been amazing. I have only shouted at him a few times in the last few weeks which is such a relief. We have even been food shopping without D having a ‘meltdown’.
As stated above his reading has greatly improved and we are enjoying reading together. He is also able to stay interested in his homework and complete it with just some help from us.
We are so grateful for your help in ‘rediscovering’ our boy and enjoying our time with him.”
(mother of 6 year old boy diagnosed with and treated for ADHD, South Warwickshire, October 2013)
“We got home safely :–) I honestly can not thankyou enough for everything you have done for me and my little boy, after months of frustration we can finally move on and look forward to the future, thankyou for all the info in this email it will be very useful! Please do keep in touch as we will you will regular updates on J’s progress”
(mother of 2 3/4 year old boy with autistic spectrum disorder, Wakefield, October 2013)
“I wanted to thank you for the lovely report that you wrote up for A’s assessment and greatly appreciate the time and effort you have taken with our family. Thank you again for everything.”
(mother of two year old boy with autistic spectrum disorder, Lincolnshire, October 2013)
“Thank you for being so thorough, kind and patient. You have been a light in the storm!”
(mother of 12 year old with newly diagnosed ADHD and very likely High Functioning Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Norfolk, October 2013)
Well this one was a surprise...
While at my first Aspergers Diagnosis I was questioned about if I had ever been asked if I had ADHD, to which I was shocked but thought that the consultant was talking complete trash and that they had lost the plot turns out i was wrong and they were indeed right.
So I got a buy one get one free deal on my labels that day too. not something that I was happy about but as I was putting Aspergers into the back of my head, why not through ADHD in there too.
Again I thought its just a term to explain me, not to help me.
After a little bit of time I was asked about whether I would like to try taking medication for my ADHD. To which I thought, if i take it and it does nothing then pffftttttt I don’t have any issues at all and its a load of commotion over nothing. After I started taking my medication I found all of a sudden I was 100% more productive, I could concentrate on one thing for an extended period of time and I could keep track of what was going on around me much more so than I had ever been able to. In some ways it is good but in others it makes me far to active at working, but then again that is also a great benefit.
I am coming to terms with my ADHD much more than there other two labels. I don’t really understand why but I feel that it is because I have a solution to it. there is something I can actively do to help me cope. its not something that is just a label and then off you go, deal with it.
So its been a few months since I got my diagnosis and started trying medication for my ADHD, and I can honestly say that the medication does make a difference, it has helped me become more productive and able to concentrate on a lot more than I ever thought I could.
There isn’t really much else I can do to deal with ADHD other than the meds.
It has helped knowing that I did struggle with my concentration and had difficulties with my education as a result but I have dealt with it and now I’m doing even better than before. this is the only label I have that has helped me properly”
(22 year old man after my recent diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome and ADHD, now treated for ADHD, Warwickshire, October 2013)
“It was so great meeting you. We really appreciate everything you are doing for us. You are amazing, thank you does not seem enough.”
(mother of 3 year old boy with suspected Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Lincolnshire, October 2013)
Just a quick message to say thank you so much for all your help with trying to sort out O’s problem. You have made an embarrassing situation for my daughter more bearable for her.
We both wish all doctors were as lovely.
I will keep you posted with her progress.
Take care and thank you again.
J and O xx
PS And O says she loves the ‘Jo bit’ and the hot chocolate!”
(mother and daughter – 10 year old girl with day time wetting problem, Warwickshire, October 2013)
“Was lovely to meet you today. Thank you so much for today putting our minds at rest, and the prompt response about Amelia's results, great news. ”
(parents of 10 month old baby girl with concerns about failure to thrive, Warwickshire, September 2013)
“Wanted to say a very big thank you for all of your time and patience yesterday. We all loved meeting you.”
(mother of 8 year old with ADHD and likely Autistic Spectrum Disorder, South Wales, September 2013)
“Well 4 weeks into the school term and J is flying!!!
This week she won the golden assembly as well as writer of the week – her teacher has been in tears of joy this week as she has just turned a corner and is writing away – clearly and independently, being really involved in the classroom, helping everyone out – and the list goes on. Her teacher said to me yesterday that is why she became a teacher to help children like J.
She is responding well to her morning and evening tablet and it all is good at the moment – fingers crossed this will continue. I feel like I have lost a stone just as I am not worrying so much about her.
Thought I would just share this brilliant news with you”
(mother of 6 year old girl with ADHD, now treated, Warwickshire, September 2013)
“Spoke to the teacher yesterday and gave him lots of info on PDA, he is very supportive of B and is doing all he can to help at school. He has also been speaking to the teacher from last year and there is a massive improvement! Also B is now enjoying play time without spending large amounts of time facing the wall for bad behaviour. J”
(mother of 8 year old with subtype of Autism called PDA, Leeds, September 2013)
“Thank you, that is the hardest thing that I've had to do with him so far but at least now I know that I CAN stick to my guns and it doesn't leave K angry forever. The best way to get him to love me is to gain his respect as you said yesterday.
I'm a happy mummy !”
(mother of 5 year old boy with anger issues, South Warwickshire, September 2013)
“Thank you so much for taking our worries seriously. You have made us all feel a lot happier.”
(parents of 8 year old with query precocious puberty, Stourbridge, September 2013)
“Overall, O is calmer on the tablets and able to concentrate better. As you mentioned it has not taken his character away but has made him just a calmer and kinder version of himself and the family are doing much better!”
(mother of 7 year old with severe behaviour problems, now diagnosed with and treated for ADHD, Warwickshire, September 2013)
“R is absolutely brilliant since seeing you – she now has no cough and can enjoy life as a little girl again.”
(father of three year old girl with chronic cough, South Warwickshire, September 2013)
“It doesn't change anything but it actually changes everything because we can now move forward for help. Thank you so much.”
(mother of 2½ year old boy diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Gloucestershire, September 2013)
“Thank you again though for your patience and kindness. H was very relaxed and at ease in your company. ”
(mother of 4 year old boy, South Warwickshire, September 2013)
“Many thanks for your time today, it was incredibly useful and much appreciated.”
(mother of 15 year old with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Rugby, September 2013)
“What a refreshing change to meet a doctor who clearly understands and loves children! I have met many Paediatricians and they are rarely like you. My daughter had a wonderful time in clinic and can't stop talking about Doctor Jo – I think she wants to be a doctor now! Thank you for all your time and expertise.”
(mother of 7 year old girl with behavioural problems, Warwickshire, August 2013)
“I still regard you as the best Doctor we ever had, and I'm sure your patients feel in safe and caring hands under your care.”
(senior Nurse of 35 years plus standing, Worcestershire, August 2013)
“I can't thank you enough for giving us your very precious time experience and skills today, we both gained so much and it was all so positive. G has taken in so much from today and so have I.
You have such a talent in cutting through all the nonsense and getting to the heart of the matter.
Thank you so much for everything it's lovely to have such a caring doctor.”
(mother of 12 year old girl with behaviour issues, Warwickshire, August 2013)
“Dear Doctor Jones,
I am delighted to tell you that J has done really well in his GCSE's, getting an A or A* in all his exams.
We are so grateful to you for your help and timely intervention, he would not have achieved this without you. With very best wishes”
(father of 16 year old boy with treated ADHD, previously getting B's and C's, Warwickshire, August 2013)
“my doctor is the best doctor in the world, she took my blood out by magic as I never felt a thing and action man was her special helper but he kept winking at me ...”
(4 year old boy, after blood test, said to Mum's friend at home, Warwick, August 2013)
“Thank you so much for today – you were fantastic!”
(mother of two year old boy with likely Autistic Spectrum Disorder, North Yorkshire, August 2013)
“Thank you again so much for fitting us in after your holiday and for all your advice.”
(mother of 18 month old with developmental delay and failure to thrive, Japan, August 2013)
“I just wanted to send a short email to say a huge huge thankyou to you for caring for D so well. You gave D the best care and medication and always knew just what was right for her and what she needed and when.
I will never be able to thank you enough for the care and love that you gave to both of us, D was so so settled after diagnosis and she always remained that way.
You will always be in both our hearts Jo.”
(mother of baby girl with metabolic condition, Stoke, 2013)
“Thank you so much seeing us on Wednesday we greatly appreciated your time and opinions it was incredibly useful for us and gave us much needed confidence to not feel we're over worrying parents and feel we do have valid reasons for concern.
Again thank you for your time and efforts.”
(parents of 8 year old boy with ADHD and very likely Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Grimsby, Lincolnshire, July 2013)
“All the feedback I have had is so positive, Jo. T is so much happier, is making friends and at last people can see what a smart, humorous and lovely boy he is.
I can’t bear to think we might have not found out what he needed and life would have continued to be so difficult.”
(mother of 10 year old boy, diagnosed by me and treated for ADHD, Birmingham, July 2013)
“Thank you so much for today. You have been the first person in 14 years who has not only listened, understood the challenges but also offered us solutions/help. I wish we had found you 10 years ago.”
(mother of 14 year old girl with Asperger's Syndrome, numerous problems at school and newly diagnosed ADHD, South Warwickshire, July 2013)
“We wanted to thank you for all your help and support, we certainly would not be in this position with A without your help! Although A still has many hurdles to overcome he has become a happy child who sees a future for himself!”
(parents of 15 year old boy with multiple school exclusions and huge family problems, treated successfully with ADHD medication, Solihull, June 2013)
“You've transformed R and we can't thank you enough!”
(doctor father of 7 year old boy with global severe developmental delay, Solihull, June 2013)
“It's amazing! He had a phobia of even climbing onto hospital beds till he met you!”
(mother of nearly 10 year old boy with bedwetting and doctor phobia, Northamptonshire, June 2013)
“Just wanted to say thank you for helping me understand how my mind works better.”
(20 year old young man with Asperger's Syndrome and very probable Attention Deficit Disorder, Shrewsbury, June 2013)
“It was lovely seeing you again yesterday & D says you're a great doctor – cos she didn't feel a thing when you put the needle in!”
(mother of 9 year old girl with learning regression and headaches, South Warwickshire, June 2013)
“Since our meeting I've become such a different person & the difference its had on the boys is great. so much more calmer all round. We've just had such a fabulous time!!
I would just like to say thank you so much for seeing us & for all your advice given, it's been a massive help.”
(mother of 7 year old boy with physical and behavioural symptoms secondary to Mum's post–traumatic stress disorder, Northern Warwickshire, June 2013)
“You explained and reassured so completely without making me feel an idiot for being worried as a mother. That seems rare these days and nobody has ever spent time so carefully with us both like you did.”
(mother of 14 year old girl with nausea, Leamington Spa, June 2013)
“I can't tell you what a difference it makes to us to have someone who really understands her condition and what it is like for us as a family living with that. To know that you are behind us is just fantastic, so a huge thank you from us all, your help and support has made a huge difference to our lives.
With deepest gratitude and warmest best wishes.”
(parents of 4 year old girl with PDA subtype of Autistic Spectrum Disorder, South Warwickshire, June 2013)
“Hi Jo, I want to say a big thank you for seeing us so quickly in the early days with our little boy's reflux. I look back on that time and realise how bad his reflux was and what a horrible time we were all having. i cant describe how grateful I am for you seeing him when the gp just dismissed us! He's doing a lot better now and he's nearly 7 months and trying crawl and were all much happier so thanks again! Best wishes x ”
(mother of baby boy with severe reflux, Worcestershire, June 2013)
“I have never met any doctor before who has such a good way with both kids and parents and your compassion and kindness are second to none and so I just wanted to thank you, Jo.”
(mother of 5 year old boy with tummy and neck ache, Stratford–on–Avon, June 2013)
“A has been doing incredibly well. We have no further issues with his bowel movements. He is also no longer on movicol. He loved the "poo land" story, and in fact it is very similiar to a story they use in nursery!!! Thank you so much for all your help I really appreciate it. ”
(mother of nearly 3 year old boy with constipation and behavioural concerns after one single consultation, Stratford–upon–Avon, May 2013)
“Thanks for meeting us today and being so lovely! It would be nice if all professions were like you and actually helped.”
(mother of 11 week old baby girl with reflux and heart murmur, Coventry, May 2013)
“So nice to meet you yesterday & D really feels very comfortable with you – thank you for making it fun for her.”
(mother of 9 year old girl with headaches, South Warwickshire, May 2013)
“From our family I would like to thank you very much for all your expert help – from O's bottom problems to realising he had a hearing problem, which he is now very happy with his electric blue hearing aid. All the best Jo, love and best wishes X”
(mother of 6 year old boy with severe anal infection, constipation, and deafness, Solihull, May 2013)
“We have been using the capsules prescribed and we are very pleased with the outcome. We have receiving very positive feedback from the school and we have found an instant improvement since starting.”
(father of 9 year old with newly diagnosed and treated ADHD, Leamington Spa, May 2013)
“You have been the only person who has made sense of the chaos – other doctors missed it, and your work has made all the difference to our family – we will be forever grateful.”
(parents of 10 year old girl with ADHD, Solihull April 2013)
“Thank you very much for being such a good professional and even more for your kindness. You really make us feel like you care and I always feel a lot better after talking with you. Thanks!”
(mother of 5 year old boy with epilepsy, North Warwickshire, April 2013)
“We will really miss you and all your sound advice. You have made such a positive difference to our lives. Many thanks Jo. Love and all Best Wishes”
(mother of 11 year old with medicated ADHD and Asperger's Syndrome, Solihull, April 2013)
“I can't tell you how much a difference the diagnosis and meds have made this last year– wonderful, so I also wanted to say thank you x”
(mother of 14 year old boy with diagnosed and treated ADHD, Birmingham, April 2013)
“You have made a huge difference in our lives and we all rave about you.
Without you we would not be this far with our boys – I feel much more positive. A is studying finally and we are almost caught up - if the new stuff doesn't get us behind again! But he is cooperating and seems to have found some drive too. He's actually writing his own work plan – I only had to do it once and then he developed his own style plan. Again – thanks to your input; or we would all have still been floundering! xxx”
(parents of 18 and 16 year old boys with ADHD, Warwickshire, April 2013)
“I is finding the coping skills useful and we have not had such distressing episodes since seeing you!”
(parents of 8 year old girl with anxiety induced physical symptoms, Worcestershire, April 2013)
“You've been fantastic with us and especially with N. Thank you so much for all your expert guidance.”
(Father of 10 year old boy, Warwickshire, diagnosed by and treated for ADHD and Asperger's Syndrome, April 2013)
“Many thanks for your help and time and for being the person to finally give us some definate answers and help with B.”
(parents of 8 year old boy with newly diagnosed ADHD and on medication, South Warwickshire, April 2013)
“You are an amazing doctor and so kind, and we wish you all the best. Thanks again.”
(mother of 9 year old boy with ADHD, Solihull, April 2013)
“Just wanted to say say thank you so much for your in–depth consultation yesterday. Really appreciated it. You made me feel a lot better on many fronts.”
(mother of 4 month old baby boy with urinary problems, Leamington Spa, April 2013)
“We wanted to thank you so much for all your support with C. As you know we first became involved with you when we were pretty much at our witts end and then received what seemed to be devastating news......
However, we are so far removed from that place now and alot of that has to do with the support and advice we received from you Jo. C is so much happier and calmer, and although I was very concerned about treating her with medication I have seen how much it has helped her. This combined with her new school has ‘put us back together’ as a family.
It just remains for me to say thank you so much.”
(parents of 10 year old girl with Autism and ADHD, Solihull, April 2013)
“You have truly made a real difference to both of us. H has matured believing in himself much more & you have a great skill in making everything sound very normal & no big deal, so thank you for that.
I really wish you lots of luck & happiness in all you do. You are a fab doctor & we will really miss you”
(mother of 16 year old with ADHD, Solihull April 2013)
“Thank you for all the time and effort you have spent with this– we really apreciate it. It was a pleasure to meet you.”
(mother of child with significant illhealth prior to 11 plus exam, South Warwickshire, April 2013)
“We are so thrilled with S's improvements, thank you for treating him, I Know it wasn't easy as he wasn't your typical ADHD. Thank you for thinking out of the box!
I hope the next consultant be be as kind and professional as you. ”
(mother of 13 year old boy with ADHD, Warwickshire, April 2013)
“I have seen a real boost in J's ability and desire to interact socially with the other members of the class of late, and he now seems to be taking a much larger part in, and enjoying playtimes much more”
(teacher of 7 year old boy with ADHD, N Warwickshire, April 2013)
“The care you have shown to the boys, and in fact whole family has been amazing and we will not forget your kindness. ”
(parents of two boys with Autism, Solihull, April 2013)
“Thank you ever so much for your response. I can't tell you how badly we have been let down by medical professionals, and you reply moved both my wife and myself to tears. We can't tell you how much we have valued your help.”
(father of 7 month old baby boy with very probable serious epilepsy, North London, March 2013)
“We will always be very grateful for the help you gave us particularly 18 months ago when we really needed support and advice.......you were brilliant!!.”
(parents of 4 year old boy with developmental delay and behavioural problems, Warwickshire, March 2013)
“Thank you so much for our consultation and your report. A has made great progress – the effect was almost immediate. Your reassurances seem to have done the trick – Happy Days!”
(mother of 8 year old boy with anxiety related physical symptoms, Leamington Spa, March 2013)
We just wanted to say a HUGE ‘thank you’ to you. Your help over the recent very trying weeks has been instrumental in keeping our little world sane! Thank you for giving us the strength to keep fighting the good fight! Lots of love XXXXX”
(parents of 6 year old boy with autism, severe learning difficulties and newly diagnosed ADHD, Warwick area, March 2013)
“We've seen “a massive improvement...a different person (in a good way!)”. She's less argumentative and less confrontational. She can focus better and can sit for hours studying which she couldn't do at all before. Generally she is not falling out with anybody any more.”
(parents of 16 year old girl now treated for ADHD, Worcestershire, March 2013)
“Just wanted to thank you for the appointment with my daughter, and the kind way you looked after her.”
(mother of three year old girl with vulval problem, Dubai, March 2013)
“Thank you for your time today, it really has put both of us at ease. Thank you for all your advice and help.”
(parents of 3 month old baby boy with problematic reflux, Coventry, February 2013)
“I just wanted to say that I've enjoyed working with you, would have been great to work together more and you will be sadly missed. You have always done so much for the families that you work with and been very approachable, knowledgeable and easy to work with so thank you.”
(Senior Speech and Language Therapist, Solihull, February 2013)
“Many thanks for L's check up. You made him feel at ease. L appreciated your kindness and easygoing attitude (the same applies to us!).
You've helped me realise the extra amount of sugar I was inadvertently giving L – And yes, L needs to do more around house, and be more active, you've helped highlight that for us as well!
The new routine will be straightforward for us and it will benefit the all family. L was keen to go to bed on time last night, without any complaint – you've worked a miracle! Many thanks again.”
(mother of significantly overweight 9 year old boy, Stratford–on–Avon, February 2013)
“It's been incredibly helpful"”
(mother of 3 year old with behavioural ‘constipation’, soiling and withholding, completely sorted out after one consultation using my Double Reward System, Leamington Spa, February 2013)
I just wanted to say what a lovely and understanding lady you are and you have helped us so much just by one appointment with you. You are a star!
Thankyou so much Jo.
PS Sorry for crying and being emotional. I think it was just years of relief that someone actually cared. X”
(mother of 17 year old with previously undiagnosed ADHD and also likely Asperger's Syndrome, with consequent anxiety disorder and OCD, North Warwickshire, February 2013)
“So glad I got this sorted, it was a big worry!”
(mother of 9 year old with food phobia secondary to generalised anxiety disorder, South Warwickshire, February 2013)
“We simply cant believe it – within about 3 days of the medicine starting we have seen his sickness go to almost none!!!! Just can not believe it. We have also noticed at the same time (dont know whether it is related) but he has become so much more boisterous. Dont know whether the sickness had actually bothered him more than we thought but he has gone up a gear again in his cheekiness and mischief.
See you soon and thank you again for everything you have done for A and us. ”
(mother of one year old boy with chronic reflux and vomiting, South Warwickshire, February 2013)
“We would like to thank you for seeing us on Saturday and for giving N such a positive experience. After visiting so many doctors over the last six weeks and having so many blood tests she had become a bit aprehensive so thank you once again”
(mother of 11 year old girl with rheumatic fever, Stratford on Avon, February 2013)
“Thank you for being so kind and caring”
(mother of 4 1/2 year old boy with tummy aches)
“The medication is definitely helping, R was able to do lots of revising for her mocks she has just taken. The teachers were amazed and couldn't believe her results, like A star in history and religious studies, A in art and biology and B in most other subjects ! R has never been able to revise properly before.”
(mother of 16 year old girl now medicated for ADHD, Worcestershire, January 2013)
“The increase in medication has worked brilliantly. M's teacher says that the quality and quantity of her work has improved vastly. Her anxiety is much less and she is all round doing really well. She is still very creative and imaginative!”
(mother and grandmother of 9 year old girl with Attention Deficit Disorder, now medicated, Stratford–upon–Avon, January 2013)
“Thank you for your lovely letter thanking us for your Christmas gift. You are very welcome. It never seems enough for everything you do for us.
I am pleased to say the situation has somewhat improved dramatically. You really have a great affect on him Dr Jones.
We have just had parents evening and a teacher commented on his medication and how wonderful and focused he is when he is on them so he knows he needs them.
I will keep you posted as to how things progress, but at the moment everything seems to be working really well.
Thank you for all your continued support Dr Jones, we just can't do it without you as a family.”
(parents of 14 year old boy with ADHD and Asperger's Syndrome, Solihull, January 2013)
“We feel better already to have some answers. O has actually been really good since seeing you. it's almost as if knowing it's ok and other people feel the same has calmed something in him. I have asked if he has questions but he says he feels fine about it all. ”
(mother of 11 year old boy with newly diagnosed ADHD and likely dysgraphia, North Warwickshire, January 2013)
“Thank you seems an inadequate phrase but in the absence of one strong enough to express our gratitude – thank you!”
(parents of 9 year old girl with complex needs including ADHD, Dyspraxia and a social communication disorder, Somerset, January 2013)
“Seeing you has taken the biggest weight off my mind. I feel I'm finally moving forward. It's been brilliant.”
(mum of 7 year old boy with severe sleep difficulties, Solihull, January 2013)
“Fantastic feedback from school – the best report ever!”
(mother of 15 year old boy with ADHD now treated, Solihull, January 2013)
“N had his “best report yet” – a quote from the headmaster – and did well in the end of term exams”
(doctor mother of 14 year old boy, previously hugely academically failing, now diagnosed with and treated for ADHD, Birmingham, January 2013)
“We as a family have had the best christmas ever, S is coping a lot better, we have had less flare ups and he even sat through church on Christmas Day without making it too uncomfortable for me! Things going really well. Thanks so much.”
(mother of 13 year old boy with ADHD, South Warwickshire, January 2013)
“Many thanks for the advice you gave us after seeing S – it's really helping.”
(mother of 9 year old boy with insomnia due to severe anxiety and fear, South Warwickshire, December 2012)
“Within a few days he started to improve and was generally having less of the constant inconsolable screaming, so thank you so much! We've had lots more smiles and his feeding and sleeping have been better.”
(parents of 3 month old baby boy with reflux, Worcestershire, December 2012)
“Thankyou for the other day, it made me feel so much better, having never told anyone the entire truth before. I'm feeling so positive and happy and although i still have a compulsive need to do 100 sit–Ups a day, I'm feeling so healthy again that it doesn't wear me out. I'm very very happy. Thank you so much!”
(14 year old girl with Anorexia Nervosa, South Warwickshire, December 2012)
“You have truly transformed our lives in 2012”
(father of 16 year old boy diagnosed with and treated for ADHD, Stratford upon Avon, December 2012)
“I just wanted to send you a short email to thank you for your letter. I really do appreciate the personal letter received after every visit to you and the positive comments you add. Thank you again for your support. It is much appreciated.”
(mother of 4 year old boy diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Solihull, December 2012)
“R has had an amazing year in 2012. Thank you sooo much for taking him under your wing! He's calling it his revolutionary year. He's been able to achieve so much both musically and academically and his confidence has skyrocketed!”
(mother of 9 year od boy diagnosed with and treated for ADHD, December 2012)
“Since our visit to you, S's tics have been very mild with long periods with none at all. I really think you put his mind at rest because he is a lot more relaxed about the whole situation now.”
(father of 11 year old boy with motor tics, north Warwickshire, December 2012)
“A transformation… it only took a few days… it just clicked after he saw you.”
(parents of 6 year old boy suffering from years of chronic constipation, following one single consultation with me, Coventry, November 2012)
“I didn't want to come and see you. I was dreading coming. I thought you'd be a typical fat doctor talking about calories and weights and nothing else. You were completely different. It's been a relief to talk about it all. I like you a lot, and I'm really glad I came.”
(14 year old girl after first consultation who had suffered from a eating disorder , Warwickshire, November 2012)
“As a family we have seen some subtle improvement in concentration whilst on the tablets at weekends and during half term. L has been able to stick longer with chores and activities. Home life is generally calmer and we are better able to reason with him, particularly around homework and reading where we would say he has been less oppositional.
Also, of significance is feedback from L's rugby coach, who has commented on his increased focus at training. The much bigger issue has always been school and friendships and school has now fed back some very positive news. L's teachers, some of whom found him to be particularly distracted and disruptive are now reporting significant improvements in focus and when working as a team, some have reported that his popularity has grown.
L has been sleeping as well as ever and his weight is stable. This is fantastic news.”
(father of 12 year old boy with ADHD after successful medication, Solihull area, November 2012)
“Brilliant. The best money I ever spent.”
(doctor father of 10 year old with newly diagnosed ADHD, Devon, November 2012)
“S has come on in leaps and bounds since starting medication. We were worried about medication but your work with us as a family has literally changed S's life and turned it around.
His school work has come on – he's reading now! When he first met you 18 months ago, he couldn't read and now he's reading Horrible Histories! His school targets are all about academic achievement for the first time since starting school – they used to only be about behaviour and nothing was expected from him in terms of work. We now think he might get a few GCSE's!”
(mother of nearly 10 year old with Autism, diagnosed with and medicated for ADHD by me, Worcestershire, November 2012)
“The Nutramigen you recommended appears to be helping W, as are the changes to my diet. W had the best nights sleep he's ever had last night after his new formula.”
(mother of 10 week old baby boy diagnosed with milk intolerance, Leamington Spa, November 2012)
“You were amazing in your understanding of our concerns and diagnosed A with reflux and both lactose and cow's milk intolerance. Nutramigen has been doing wonders for A and alongside Carobel, we have a different child – a happy one.”
(mother of now 10 month old boy with reflux and milk intolerance, Kenilworth, November 2012)
“I am so glad we have been referred to you, I know Jack is in good hands although I have found it very upsetting and tiring, I know we will finally get the help we need. Thank You.”
(mother of 7 year old boy with probable ADHD and Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Solihull, October 2012)
“May I take this opportunity to thank you for the care and compassion shown to my family.”
(grandmother of 3 year old boy with very likely Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Coventry, October 2012)
“Thank you again for all your help with B. It is greatly appreciated”
(mother of 15 year old boy with post viral syndrome, Warwickshire, October 2012)
“School life has changed massively – he even enjoys going now! His self confidence is soaring and he’s now happy to do his school work”
(mother of 6 year old boy with ADHD, now on medication, Warwick, October 2012)
“I have spoken to S twice this week - he sounds very bubbly! He is in the top stream for all his subjects and has been given 13 credit slips (gold stars) since the beginning of term. I asked him what he thought of his medication and how it is working for him and he said it is a ‘lifesaver'”
(mother of previously hugely failing 13 year old boy in school on Scotland diagnosed with and treated for ADHD by me, October 2012)
“Thank you for all your support; it has been much appreciated.”
(mother of baby boy with feeding difficulties, Knowle, September 2012)
“Your help with Hannah's eczema has been amazing. Doctors didn't listen to me about it before. It's so much better and people keep saying how much better her skin is. Thank you so much!”
(mother of three year old girl with severe excema, Knowle, September 2012)
“I just wanted to feed back to you how grateful the parents were to you. They felt so listened to and comforted by your words. They are a delightful family and it was so good to see them finally feeling like things are falling into place for G. Thank you.”
(Health visitor in Solihull about child with multiple disability Sept 2012)
“J's Dad and I can only see positives with the medication J is on. Possibly affecting his sleep (difficult to go to sleep) – no side effects or tics come to the fore. As you had said does impact on his appetite but we generally do not give him a tablet at teatime and he then catches up on his food intake , has a good breakfast (generally J eats a lot and burns everything!). J seems to be settling well in year 1 (though early days). He is doing things never possible before such as lining up in the morning, counting up to 20, volunteering quite details activities from school etc.. The only shouting out with made up words and bouncing happens in the morning before the medication kicks in and nighttime. It is quite astonishing. J himself is happy to take what we have decided to call together his 'concentration' tablets. My dad was quite sceptical of medication I think. He is staying with us now and is amazed by the change as well as relieved to see J so much more settled and from his point of view less stressed. ”
(mother of 5 year old boy with ADHD successfully treated with medication, North Warwickshire, September 2012)
“Thanks again for all that you have done on W's behalf. We really miss you!”
(13 year old diagnosed with ADHD and Growth Hormone deficiency, now back in the USA, September 2012)
“I would like to say what a pleasure it was in meeting with you last Wednesday whilst attending an appointment for our eldest son B, you came across as having a lovely personality with a lovely approach in assessing B. We came away feeling better knowing that you had found something which explained why our son B was having some problems with his communication, learning and behaviour etc.”
(parents of 9 year old boy with Asperger's Syndrome and Dyspraxia, Shropshire, September 2012)
“I am eternally grateful for the support, advice and compassion you've shown us! ”
(mother of 6 month old baby girl with feeding difficulties, Birmingham, September 2012)
“School can't believe the difference!”
(Parents of 7 1/2 year old boy with ADHD very successfully treated with medication, Gloucs, August 2012)
“Thank you for being so brave as to kick all this off, we feel so lucky to be aware of Josie's difficulties so early on in her life. So, in essence, thank you for everything, you've made a huge difference to us all!”
(parents of 3 year old girl with Autism subtype (PDA), Gloucestershire, August 2012)
“There should be more people like you. Many thanks for your kindness, interest and time.”
(doctor mother of baby boy with milk intolerance and reflux, Coventry, August 2012)
“Thank you for the consultation the other day its almost a relief to know that maybe now we can move forward and get some support.
Many thanks for all your help. M now feels she not “stupid” as she thought, just needs a little help and feels much better in herself”
(mother of 14 year old with dyspraxia and suspected specific learning difficulties, Birmingham, July 2012)
“Firstly, thank you so very much for seeing Chris and I yesterday, we honestly can't thank you enough and both think you're wonderful! Chris has become a different father this week, it's been brilliant! We feel very fortunate to have been able to ‘get on top of’ whatever is going on so early on in her life, thank you very much xxx ”
(mother of 3 year old girl with likely subtype of Autism, Cheltenham, July 2012)
“I can not thank you enough for all your help and support.”
(mother of 12 year old with newly diagnosed and treated ADHD, Coventry, July 2012)
“It was lovely to meet you this afternoon and our daughter enjoyed being included.
Thank you for being so thorough, we clearly have a lot to think about. Thank you again for all your help and support”
(mother of 9 year old girl with newly diagnosed Attention Deficit Disorder and Dyspraxia, South Warwickshire, July 2012)
“Dear Dr Jones
I'm writing to thank you for seeing J this week. You were brilliant. J is completely impressed with you!
We had a dreadful morning in the school. When I took J home he was crying uncontrollably and saying his life had come to end. Seeing you in the afternoon really shifted his mood.
Thank you so much.”
(mother of 13 year old boy with severe behaviour problems, and newly diagnosed ADHD and Asperger's Syndrome, Nuneaton, July 2012)
“School have already seen a massive improvement in R and are very happy, as are we.”
(mother of 6 year old with ADHD, just started medication, Coventry, July 2012)
“I thought you would like to know that A (today) has heard he has passed his IB Exams!!
Therefore his INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE DIPLOMA has been AWARDED!!! The school and A are thrilled!
A’s family and ourselves are all so completely grateful to you for managing his ADHD so splendidly.
You have made ALL the difference to his future!! From our hearts – thank you SO much Jo.”
(grandmother of 18 year old with medicated ADHD, July 2012)
“Thank you for your time on Saturday, we were very grateful for the insight you gave us and the gentle way that you handled M.”
(grandmother of 9 year old girl with ADHD, Stratford–upon–Avon, July 2012)
“B doesn’t seem to be having any adverse reactions to the medication and his sleep patterns/appetite seem unaffected.
In terms of overall progress we saw an almost immediate but subtle change to behaviour at home where he seemed to be able to follow instructions, overall lower level of frustration, increased co–operation, little more surliness (but think this is age related), less tiredness after school and staying on task with what he is doing.
We are really pleased with the results we’re seeing so far – so thank you.”
(father of 11 year old boy with newly treated ADHD, Rugby area, July 2012)
“This has all been absolutely superb!”
(father of six year old boy with newly diagnosed ADHD after ‘research explanation’, Solihull, July 2012)
“I just want to say a massive thank you for today, I have felt almost every emotion possible today, but on the whole I am feeling positive and from what T has said he is too.
The appointment also made my mum more aware of the issues T is faced with. I am so grateful for the time you have invested in us.
Many many thanks.”
(mother of 12 year old boy with ADHD, Rugby area, June 2012)
“I really enjoyed having Dr. Jo Jones as my paediatrician. She was very helpful and understood what I had to say. She helped me a lot with my ADHD and was also really kind and funny. She is a great doctor and I enjoyed having her.”
(13 year old boy with treated ADHD, now returned to the USA, June 2012)
“It was great to see you this evening and we came away feeling very optimistic and positive about everything. Thank you!”
(mother of 13 year old boy with ADHD after 3 months of medication, June 2012)
“Thanks for your support for H, he found your approach engaging and helpful, has found your sessions useful and he seems to relate to you and your style.”
(father of 16 year old with depression, South Warwickshire, June 2012)
“As soon as I received the clinic letter, I knew that you were really a professional doctor that I could trust – everything we'd talked about was there and it made me feel much better. My son has really been looking forward to seeing you.”
(mother of 6 year old boy with constipation, Solihull area, June 2012)
“So how has he been doing. The medication is definitely working, he is remaining on task longer and his teacher is giving regular positive feedback. There does not appear to be any side effects. ”
(mother of 11 year old boy with ADHD now treated, south Warwickshire, June 2012)
“Thanks for being so kind and patient with my daughter”
(mother of 14 year old girl with funny turns, Redditch, June 2012)
“O has been doing homework with no problems at all. He will sit without finding distractions. The jitteriness has also gone and he is able to sit still.”
(mother of 9 year old with ADHD, now treated, Poole Dorset, May 2012)
“Dear Dr Jo,
I just wanted to let you know that N is getting along so well since he started taking his medication. He is much happier at school and is so much more focused at home as well. I can't believe how lovely it is to have a sensible conversation with my gorgeous son. Homelife is a bit calmer now that he can organise himself and follow simple instructions.
Thank you ever so much”
(mother of 7 year old boy after diagnosis of and starting treatment for ADHD, Tewkesbury, June 2012)
“A is now “a different child!” and all the problems have melted away. He is now happy all of the time and I've had my first full night's sleep too!”
(mother of 4 month old baby boy with milk intolerance and refux after one consultation, Warwick, May 2012)
“Thank you for your time on Wednesday afternoon it was a pleasure to meet you and it was great to be able to have a diagnosis so quickly.”
(mother of 5 year old girl with very significant Dyspraxia, Stratford–upon–Avon, May 2012)
“I wanted to take the opportunity to thank you! We have had not one outburst since R started on the medication you prescribed and he is finally sleeping through the night = happy baby = happy mummy and daddy!”
(mother of 8 month old baby with previously undiagnosed reflux, Coventry, May 2012)
“Thank you ever so much for your time and sympathy for this poor little girl. Me and my husband are extremely happy and even more grateful !!!!
You are true doctor like on films, rare to see in real life really!!!!!!”
(parent of 6 year old with weight loss, Warwickshire, May 2012)
“Hi Dr Jo
I just wanted to say hi and let you know how Jessica is getting on.
Well having completed a full term at school in December, we decided that after much nagging from Jessica we would allow her to try and return to full time swimming after 20 months and see how she got on.
Well she has shocked us all such is her determination, at first she went to some competitions and her times did not change but we knew that this was down to the lack of fitness and stamina. But the past two weeks she has just flew and only just by .30 missed out on a converted regional time (a level below national). She has now caught up with her peers in the club and is swimming as fast if not faster than them, the only thing she is lacking is the self confidence and belief that she can go faster and the overcoming of competition nerves.
Jess has developed with some professionalism the art of power napping and to top it off is excelling at school, and in the exams she has taken already in Year 9 as part of her triple science and maths is gaining A*'s.
We are so very proud of her but we can't thank you enough for all your help, advice and encouragement through those dark months and the way Jess is now is down to your words of wisdom to her and Jess listerning and your support.
We have attached a picture so you can see the amazing transformation from a once tired exhausted young teenager, but we all know that things need watching and now we know the warning signs so know when to say no!
Thank you again”
(14 year old with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Coventry, April 2012)
(Julie, Dave and Jessica Fitton)
“Thank you for today, you always make me feel better about things!”
(mother of two boys, 9 and 7 with ADHD, Birmingham, April 2012)
“We started the medication a bit warily but couldn't believe the improvement. He's a transformed child and EVERYTHING is better. He's doing brilliantly at school and socially, he's better.”
(Parents of 8 year old with ADHD, Sutton Coldfield, April 2012)
“I don't know what I'd have done without you. I would have gone crazy without your support, life has been so hard. You are the only one who really listens and understands. Thanks for everything.”
(mother of 6 year old with learning difficulties, dyspraxia and ADHD, Birmingham, April 2012)
“J's migraines seem to have disappeared– He has slowly come off the medication.
Thanks for all you did for him– You really were a life saver– it had been so miserable for him before the medication.”
(mother of 16 year old with severe migraines, Stratford on Avon, April 2012)
“Just to say your help, advice and support since we met back in February has been invaluable and we are very grateful.”
(parents of baby boy with feeding problems, Cheltenham, April 2012)
“Just to let you know, the Nutramigen worked a treat, it was like flicking a switch, she's as happy as larry now. Thank you”
(mother of baby girl with milk intolerance, Leamington Spa, April 2012)
“Thank you so much for all the trouble and time you took last week when you saw Nathaniel. I am so relieved that now at long last we can start to address the things that are causing him difficulty. ”
(mother of 7 year old boy with ADHD, Tewkesbury, April 2012)
“George is ok thanks and often speaks very caring of you – you gave him a great experience of a doctor! ”
(mother of 4 year old boy with leg stiffness, Coventry, April 2012)
“It was so good to meet you before Easter and we came away feeling so reassured. Thank you for spending so much time with us – that was the most delightful medical consultation I have ever had!
We have had great success with both the medications you prescribed. We have all noticed a difference in Samuel's ability to stay on track and a marked increase in his written work. Most importantly, he has noticed it too and seems quite relieved. ”
(mother of 11 year old boy with ADHD, Dorset, April 2012)
“I wanted to send you a quick email to thank you for your reassurance and clear explanation of all the results and H's symptoms linked to the possible UTI.
It is reassuring to know she has not actually had a confirmed UTI, and also that occasionally it is normal to find a few red and white blood cells in the urine. This had been concerning me for some time.
Despite H being really tired (she fell asleep 5 mins after we left), she was really co–operative thanks to the relaxed surroundings, your fab calculator (;0)) and calm nature with her.”
(mother of two year old with ? urinary tract infections, Warwick, April 2012)
“Thank you very much for your time today, It was one reassuring Consultation about K's Health”
(mother of 5 year old boy with bowel symptoms, Warwickshire, April 2012)
“Anya says she knows of wonderful doctor who might be able to help someone who is not well.
Sheis a wonderfully warm person who has the the most wonderful way with children. She is an excellent doctor who is never in a rush and treats you without trying to hurt you. She always has a smile on her face and she is always happy to see you. Anya thinks she works at the nuffield at lemington spa! She hopes to see her soon!”
(father of little girl with rare metabolic condition, Birmingham, April 2012)
“Jo, thank you so much for all your help. You put our minds at rest about many issues regarding J's health.”
(mother of 7 year old boy with funny turns, Coventry, 2012)
“You have been fabulous Jo. We are aware that you made a special exception for A because of the urgency. All of us are extremely grateful for helping A to get on the 'right–road' and with the right medication in order to work on his Finals work.
We are so very grateful to you and Dr H for your enormous help to A. I was very touched also with your sincere hug (I needed it!!). It was really delightful that you saw A at home and he is very fortunate to have seen you. It was obvious to me that A was very much at ease with you.
I don't know what we would have done without you – you are my 'Star'!”
(grandmother of 17 year old with ADHD, Kenilworth, March 2012)
“Thank you Dr jones for all your help along this very long, exhausting school journey. I am totally shattered but I know It will be worth it for A. It was important I got it right for him as he is different and decision had to be made very carefully.
I really cannot wait to see you again. A has a card and present for you. It's a little thankyou for believing in him and not just brushing him aside as a naughty boy.
(mother of 10 year old boy with Asperger's and ADHD, Solihull, March 201)
“I just wanted to say thank you so much for our appointment with you today. M actually quite enjoyed it! What a great thing to be able to say having been to see the doctor! He remarked to me how 'happy' he felt as we left, so pleased that we had come to see you and that things were hopefully going to be sorted out for him. You are fantastic with children and it was a completely positive experience for all of us, so thank you so much for that. ”
(mother of 8 year old boy with unusual sleep problem, Stratford–upon–Avon, March 2012)
“E has been fantastic with his no. 2's but seems to be withholding his wee's now! We are continuing to use the double reward system which he has responded really well to”
(3 year old with constipation and response to my behaviour double reward system, Birmingham, March 2012)
“You kindly saw our daughter A last year in relation to possible recurrent urinary tract infections. We came away from this consultation feeling happy and reassured and the experience for her was painless!
We mentioned at A's appointment that our son, R does have kidney reflux and is taking antibiotics. He is due his annual review and we wondered if you would mind seeing him? ”
(mother of 4 year old previous patient seeking help for her son too, Warwickshire February 2012)
“I wanted to thank you. I felt that you understand how important this is for us to have a reliable and quick assessment for I so that we can react as soon as possible Thanks for your warm welcome : you made her feel well”
(mother of 11 year old with growth concerns, Leamington Spa, February 2012)
“Dear Dr. Jones
We are writing to say huge THANK YOU for everything you've done to our son Gregory.
When we first went to see you we really didn't know how to enjoy our lives as Gregory refused to eat and cried to the bottle most of the time not mentioning his weight problems.
We had been to doctors before, but only thanks to you, as only you identified the right diagnose (Reflux) and prescribed us the medicine (Ranitidine drops) that really did help Gregory! Just within couple of weeks Gregory become a very happy child taking his milk and smiling to us instead of crying. During 2 months his weight is growing beautifully within the graph!
We also very appreciate your help in getting all these appointments for Gregorys tests at the hospitals (e.g.catheter test, kidney scan) we would never get these appointments without you.
Also, we don't know how to THANK YOU for the opportunity to always be in touch, whatever the problem you always reply to our messages! This is indeed a great support, knowing that the Top Class Paediatrician is always here, we can't dream for more, don't know how to thanks you for this.
We would be very glad to recommend you to all our friends.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH DOCTOR JO!
With lots of love and appreciation. ”
(Kate Evgeny & little Gregory Kornilovich.)
“C is doing really great, we are so pleased with him and he is a much much happier and content little boy, he has even made a good friend in his class, which is just great, his confidence and self esteem have increased so much.
They have started doing practice exam papers here for their transfer test to senior school and they will be sat in November this year and so far he is doing wonderful and so far is getting fantastic marks. I don't feel he would have been capable of this a year ago.
He saw an OT a couple of weeks ago and he did so well that she does not want to see him again.
So glad that we came to see you, its the best thing that we have ever done, things at home are so much more calm, and an awful lot happier for all of us.
Thanks again for everything.”
(mother of 9 year old boy with educational and behaviour problems, diagnosed with ADHD amongst other things, Northern Ireland, February 2012)
“I just wanted to let you know how well A is getting on at school. Amazing is the word. He is like a different child and his school work is going from strength to strength. He's not having medication at the weekends which can be a little exhausting but well worth it when I see him tucking in to his bacon and eggs on a Saturday morning!
Thank you is all I want to say for your help and support in getting him in to that school and for knowing he had more than just ADHD and for making me feel better as his Mum. Not the easiest job in the world when you get faced with the list of 'isms' as A and I call his difficulties!
So a big thank you.”
(mother of an 11 year old boy with ADHD and Asperger's Syndrome, Solihull, February 2012)
“My little girl loves coming to see you because she says you are very careful with her! Thank you for all your help, Doctor Jo.”
(mother of 6 year old with epilepsy, Warwick, February 2012)
“Firstly thank you for a very encouraging appointment last week. It was good to go through things with you, and a relief to know that we have been doing some of the right things (as well as some of the wrong ones) and that hopefully we can progress from here on in”
(mother of 9 year old boy with severe behaviour problems, Warwickshire February 2012)
“Many thanks for your time yesterday, and all your help and advice. The 'over the shoulder patting' you suggested has worked wonders over the last 24 hours - Jacob's settled so much quicker!”
(Mother of nine week old baby boy, Cheltenham, February 2012)
“Thank you very much for your time on the phone at the end of last year, which I really appreciated. I can't tell you how much our conversation reassured me, and although the sleeping hasn't got any better, we know we are on the right road to get things sorted”
(mother of 7 year old girl prior to appointment for sleep and bedwetting problems, February 2012)
“Everything is going fantastic, she is really managing the CFS superbly so much so we hardly mention it, although we know the warning signs so know when to alter things. The determination she has shown to overcome it has shocked us all and if you can beat it she certainly has. We have also managed a full term at school and academically excelling.
Thank you again we can never thank you enough for all what you did to help.”
(parents of 15 year old with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), Coventry, February 2012)
“E's withholding has improved dramatically with the double reward system!”
(mother of three year old boy with constipation and 'holding on', Birmingham, January 2012)
“It's great to get another point of view when you are so close to someone (especially a child) it is hard to see the big picture. I cannot tell how much seeing you last week has really helped.”
(mother of 14 year old with stress related illness, Coventry, January 2012)
“Thanks for yesterday it was like a breathe of fresh air to talk to someone who understands how C is”
(mother of 15 year old with chronic pain and multiple symptoms, Coventry, January 2012)
“Thank you again for all your help in solving this mystery.”
(mother of 3 year old with unusual food allergy, Leamington Spa, January 2012)
“I couldn't believe it was the same child that school were describing – the school report was totally different!”
(mother of 9 year old boy now very successfully treated for ADHD, Warwick, January 2012)
“Thank you for your care in helping us to understand what is usual and unusual....I still can't help feeling that there are so many people including children I know who have similar characteristics to our daughter that I wonder why we are doing a clinical diagnosis but I remind myself that we need to understand her better and with that can come better wisdom in helping her deal with people. You are such an encouraging person!”
(mother of 9 year old with suspected Asperger's Syndrome, January 2012)
“I wasn't sure at the beginning – it's hard to trust someone. As we talked more, I could see that you cared about the whole family and not just my son and one part of his body. Other doctors haven't done that. It means a lot, the way you care.”
(mother of 2 year old boy with multiple disabilities, Solihull, January 2012)
“Thank you very much for all your help and efforts.
I can't imagine what would I do without you.”
(mother of small baby with feeding problems, Leamington Spa, December 2011)
“Our dear Dr Jo – thank you for being such an amazing doctor in 2011”
(mother of 4 month old boy with profound feeding problems, Leamignton Spa December 2011)
“Thank you so much for taking great care of us all as a family. Your help and support during the last 12 months has been invaluable. Love from us all.”
(family of 14 year old with ADHD and Asperger's Syndrome, Solihull, December 2011)
“Thank you so much for the time you've spent with M, for your advice on N and for your thorough report on your findings.
We both really appreciate everything you've done for our wee girls”
(mother of 7 year old with precocious puberty, Kenilworth, December 2011)
“Your support has meant the world to us all”
(mother of 6 year old with ADHD, Warwickshire, December 2011)
“We would like to thank you for all your time and energy spent on our family yesterday..... needless to say we love you.... not just because of your clinical expertise but also your compassion and wisdom. Our son's journey forward is definitely going to be happier with you as his Pediatrician”
(Consultant Paediatrician mother of 8 year old with ADHD and dyspraxia, Warwickshire, November 2011)
“I've met a lot of doctors and haven't got on with them mainly because I don't feel listened to. Youre different you do listen and youve explained everything to me. I feel my daughter is safe with you and you've a lovely manner with her. Thank you for today.”
(mother of 5 year old with severe disability and epilepsy, Solihull, November 2011)
“Thanks for today, it wasnt nearly as bad as I had imagined!!”
(Mum of two year old boy needing blood test, Atherstone, November 2011)
“I'm not saying it is all roses now, but it is immensely improved and so much less stressful. I feel my relationship with her has improved and also the family is less stressed overall. So overall, a massive change for the better and a less stressed and happy family!
Thanksfor all your help last year, and for still thinking of us.”
(doctor mother of 8 year old with behavioural difficulties, Warwickshire, November 2011)
“Thank you so much for seeing us last night, it has really helped give us both peace of mind and to have an action plan to try and get this little man to start sleeping.”
(mother of 6 month old baby boy with sleeping problems, Rugby, November 2011)
“Coming to see you is like coming to see a friend, Jo. You're warm and friendly and different from other doctors I have seen. No–one else ever seemed to listen to me but you did and we have made so much progress since meeting you. Thank you for looking after my son so well and with so much care and dedication.”
(mother of 9 year old boy with diagnosed by me with ADHD and Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Solihull, October 2011)
“Jo, You know how through life, there are people who you always remember because they have made some sort of impact (large or small) on your life. It could be in the way you see things now, the decisions you made because of their advice, maybe their weird sense of humour or their acts of kindness.
Well, I have to say that you are most certainly one of those people to us, and it's not for the weird sense of humour!
You have shown passion for your profession, and positivity for health, in a world of information overload and over protectiveness.
My daughter for sure has been so influenced by you and now wants to be a kiddie doctor.”
(mother of two girls I saw with general health problems, Coventry, November 2011)
“Dear Jo, Thank you so much for your help and reports about K. I am pleased to report that K is settling in well to her new school; early days of course but for the moment we are delighted with the improvements we have already enjoyed in K's behaviour. One initial impression is that the school go out of their way to accentuate her positive character traits – a tactic which is universally successful, and expecially so for K.
I am certain that this good start shares its roots with your consultation with you; certainly we as parents are far more confident and at peace with our decision to change her environment. We have greater understanding, clarity and focus in how to respond to K's needs as a result of your advice, which almost certainly has led to an important and helpful subconscious change in our own demeanour. We also have a renewed sense of relief and optimism for K's future. Thank you again, Jo.”
(father of 8 year old girl described as ‘annihilating her previous class's emotional dynamics’, diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, Knowle, September 2011)
“I just wanted to thank you so much for seeing us in clinic at such short notice, since our appointment we have seen massive improvements in Darcie– she is feeding and sleeping well and is a much happier baby.
Thank you so much for giving us the time and listening to our concerns– we are in a much better place now and can enjoy our happy little girl.”
(mother of 7 month old baby girl with difficulty and discomfort whilst feeding, Northamptonshire, September 2011)
“It was great meeting you last week and we both came away feeling more positive and with a good action plan to put in place.”
(father of 3 year old boy from Birmingham with complex developmental and psychological needs, September 2011)
“I cant even start to say how much it meant to me that we met and had a chat about medicine and a career in paediatrics. Previously, I had started to loose confidence but talking to you has put me back on track! Honestly, you are very inspiring and having met you seems like it was ‘meant’ to be”
(law student, Warwick, looking to change career direction. After a coffee and chat, 2011)
“Thought i’d drop you an email, to say thank you for seeing Chloe on Tuesday, and sorry we were so late! and to also let you have my email address, so you can contact me quicker than the post, should you need to.
It was great to get some help, that has meant there could be light at the end of the tunnel for us now, just a shame we didn’t find you years ago!”
(mother of 15 year old with rheumatological problems and ADHD, Solihull, August 2011)
“Just wanted to give a quick update. Imogen has been taking the melatonin for the past few nights – its made a massive difference, shes asleep by 8.30 at the latest and isnt having disturbed sleep – her duvets still on the bed in the morning! Cant believe something so simple could make such a difference.
Overall things are going well and I wanted to thank you for explaining everything so well – I think that was what had been missing from previous doctors. I can see what ive got to work with and whilst understanding that it wont be a miraculous cure it is what is best for Imogen. You have a holistic understanding of how Imogens problems affect her”
(Mother of 8 year old girl with multiple health and developmental problems, Staffordshire, August 2011)
“I would like to place on record my thanks for all the help you have given to our boys and to the parents I have nudged in your direction over the last year or two. If possible I would very much like to meet and to chat through the stratagies you have employed with such success.”
(senior teacher, leading boys’ public secondary school, August 2011)
“I've never met a Paediatrician as friendly as you and as good with kids. You're so bubbly and easy to talk to. ”
(Asian mother of 3 year old boy with complex problems, Solihull. English not first language, August 2011)
“I don't know how you managed it, but they've enjoyed themselves!”
(mother of 7 year old girl having a blood test along with five year old sister, Warwick, August 2011)
“I've been waiting 6 years to meet a doctor as good as you to help my son”
(mother of 7 year old Turkish boy with probable Asperger's Syndrome, Solihull, July 2011)
“I am grateful for all your great advice and kindness”
(mother of three year old with wetting problems, Stratford–upon–Avon area, July 2011)
“You have been a true star. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your help and kindness that you have shown to my family.
As you can imagine, we have been extremely worried. I am confident that with all your help that we will get a result for our daughter.
I really appreciate all that you have done for us and thank you again.”
(father of 5 year old girl with complex neurological disorder, Stratford-upon-Avon)
“Sleep is nearly perfect! Thanks for all your positivity and for not making us feel like we are the worst parents in the world”
(mother of 8 month old baby girl with poor sleep, reflux and lactose intolerance, July 2011)
“I hope you don't mind me contacting you again but you were so good with my son before and dealt with the issue so well, that you were the only person I felt I could talk to about this”
(mother of 13 year old boy with treated extremely chronic constipation and fear, Stratford area, July 2011)
“Thanks Doctor, I think you must have created a good impression on our daughter, as she has changed her eating habits over the last week, based upon your good words of encouragement. ”
(father of 8 year old with urinary problems, constipation and poor diet, Birmingham, June 2011)
(mother of 15 year old boy with anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder, Warwickshire, June 2011)
“Thanks for a constructive and insightful session with you last Saturday ”
(mother of child with breathing problems, Leamington Spa, June 2011)
“Thank you for sorting all of our daughter's problems out. It has made a real difference to us all as a family”
(mother of 10 year old girl with urinary problems, long term tummy aches and constipation, and long term sleep problems, Warwick)
“It's like a miracle. We do ask ourselves was that really our child? James before and James now are like chalk and cheese. He asks to go to bed now!”
(Parents of 4 year old boy who ‘had never slept, with huge behavioural difficulties’ after a single consultation, just one month earlier. Henley–in–Arden)
“I don't know anyone who understands children and teenagers as well and as intuitively as you do – you really are a genius, we all think so. Thank you for your excellent care of our patients. We shall be referring to you again and again.”
(GP, Leamington Spa)
“Thank you so much for understanding and helping Judith and us. I'm very relieved now. We wish all the best for you. You are an amazing peadiatrician !!!”
(mother of 4 year old with tummy aches, Rugby)
“I just thought I would up date you on the current status quo because I firmly believe that we would not be here now if it wasn't for you.
We have had to fight all the way, spend money etc to get to this point and it isn't over yet. The system is all wrong. However, without your quick intervention and referral to the right people at the BCH we really would not be as far forward as we are so we have so much to be grateful to you for.
I just wanted to say a huge thank you to you Jo. We appreciate your input so much and it has made a massive difference to our lives and E's.
I recommend you to friends and family all the time.”
(Motherof a little girl with suspected but unconfirmed metabolic condition and Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Rugby)
“Thank you so much for your call, I'm sat here in tears after reading the testimonials just because I've finally got some hope. You are the only doctor who hasn't made me feel stupid for my concerns and you haven't even seen us yet. Saturday can not come fast enough, thank you so much for fitting us in at the end of the session.
Just to say a huge thank you again for your time yesterday. We finally feel H is in safe hands. As we said we have not been taken seriously before yesterday other than by our health visitor and had to really push even for a private referral but we are so glad we did. Even though ideally nothing would be wrong with H we feel so pleased that we now know what we are dealing with and can help him. From my point of view I now feel like less of a failure especially from the feeding point of view as it was something I had desperately wanted to do and having successfully fed my daughter for 10 months, I felt such guilt for ‘giving up’ at 6 weeks and like I was inadequate and unable to satisfy him. Now I understand the reasons for his trouble feeding I feel better and whilst I know it's not about me it helps me to feel stronger and more able to be a better mummy!
I'mlooking forward to being able to report a positive change in H's situation but felt I wanted to let you know and thank you for the positive changes you've already had on our family outlook.”
(Mother of 8 week old tremendously unsettled baby, Solihull)
“He has really improved, school have seen an improvement in most areas, he is happy and confident. He has had no visible side effects. He sleeps and eats well.
Thank you so much for helping us; we all really appreciate it.”
(Mother of 11 year old boy recently diagnosed with and started on treatment for ADHD, Warwick area)
“Jo, his report is a complete turn around compared to previous! The Head has written to him also to congratulate him. I really wanted to show you his report.
He is more considerate and calm in stressful situations.
I have seen a difference between the original dose and the increased dosage. The increased dosage has made a visible difference. He rarely gets uptight but seems able to manage emotions accordingly. He still has teenage boy moments but these are like all teenage boys not exceptional. Comments in his report clearly indicate increased concentration and demonstration of the potential that school and home know he has.
I am so pleased, Jo, with progress so far; I don’t want this bubble to burst! ”
(Mother of teenager diagnosed with and treated for ADHD by me, Rugby area)
“The medication which you prescribed has made a huge difference – enabling Annabel to feed in comfort – for which we are all very grateful.
(Grandmother of extremely unsettled 4 month old baby, Stratford–upon–Avon, after one consultation)”
“Thank you for all your help, I have been raving about you non stop!”
(Mother of 4 year old with longterm constipation, 'cured' after one consultation, Kenilworth)
“Dear Jo – thank you for the letter regarding everything we discussed. The charts are working really well, there has been a great improvement. Thank you so much for everything it has made such a difference!!”
(Mother of 4 year old girl who has never slept properly, Knowle)
“Thanks so much for seeing Lucy. You are a great doctor and a lovely person too x”
(Mother of teenager with sexual health problems, Warwick)
“It was lovely to meet you today. Our children loved you =)
We really feel Judith is in good hands now when we met you, so thank you very much!!!”
(Mother of 5 year old girl with tummy aches, Rugby)
“I wanted to say a big thank-you for listening and advising me yesterday. Everyone thinks I am the strong one, and I usually am, but I just feel so battered at the moment... it has completely unsettled my environment.
I know your time is precious so I really do appreciate you making time for me yesterday, when I felt so isolated.”
(A mother after long discussion on the phone, Kenilworth)
“Its such a relief that Jess doesn't cry out any more when pooing – thank you, we are really really grateful, having experienced it yourself as a mother yourself with your own baby, you know how heart breaking it is.”
(Mother of 5 month old baby with milk intolerance after a single consultation, Knowle)
“I broke down and cried when I heard the diagnosis and that my son would need medication but things are now massively better. Thank you so much.”
(Mother of boy aged 7 diagnosed with ADHD, Solihull)
“Thank you for taking us on .... For your continual positivity, straight advice and kindness. We are very grateful for all you have done for our daughter.”
(Parents of 4 year old girl with birth trauma, general developmental delay and epilepsy, Coventry)
“Many thanks for seeing our daughter a few weeks ago and for the medical report that you sent through the post for us. Since she has been drinking Nutramigen we have seen such a profound change in her. She is comfortable and happy and that is absolutely wonderful.
Thank you so much for seeing and treating her. You were very thorough and very kind. Thank you also for your kind comments in the medical report about our 'beautiful' baby. I am very bias and so agree wholeheartedly.”
(Mother of desperately unsettled 4 month old baby girl, Leamington Spa)
It was really nice meeting you yesterday.
Saheba (5) was thrilled to meet you and I smiled when I overheard her later saying to her sister that you were 'like a normal lady' (I am assuming she said this because you were very friendly and walking about, as opposed to sitting behind a large desk in an authoritative manner). Now this is quite sweet: She says when she grows up, she wants to be a Doctor like you and make children happy. So there you have it, one more fan to add to your Club!
Importantly, Saheba feels a lot more confident in her health after the appointment, and so do I. I had begun to worry especially about her tummy pains. I can now relax in the knowledge that these 3 episodes were just bad luck and that now we can just get on with our life as normal. I am a little more clued up about viruses and Bacterial infections now and will bear in mind for future GP Visits, that a swab is useful to have done.
I truly hope that our recent regular visits to the GP will be a thing of the past. Thank you for the confidence you have given little Saheba and myself.”
(Usha and Saheba Chabra, Coventry.)
“Thanks again for all your hard work and for making such a difference to our lives”
(Father of 13 year old boy diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, Worcestershire)
“It's a huge joy to see our daughter so comfortable with you. It's rare for her to be like that.”
(Mother of 8 year old girl with learning problems, Leamington Spa)
“Dear Dr Jones,
Just to say thanks for seeing our son the other day. It was such a relief to meet a doctor who listened to us and explained everything so carefully. T thought you were totally cool by the way which is a compliment in itself! Thanks again for all your help.”
(Mother of 15 year old lad, Stratford–on–Avon area)
“I could hug you! – after only two weeks of behaviour management (and me being brave), our little boy is completely sleeping through the night – it is such a dramatic change and he is like a new child. Everything is better!”
(mother of two year old who was up all night, Solihull…after one consultation)
“Our daughter really enjoyed meeting you, she was on quite a 'high' when she got home and keen to tell everyone all about it. It was a huge help seeing you last week, thank you so much.”
(Mother of 9 year old with specific learning difficulties, Stratford–on–Avon area)
“I feel an enormous sense of relief having seen you today in clinic. I felt reassured at long last and cannot thank you enough. Thank you for your expertise, your fantastic manner with my little boy and above all your kindness – I will definitely come back to you again if I am ever worried!”
(mother of 4 year old boy with tummy aches, Rugby)
“Thanks again for your time the other day – we'll be pulling up trees to get referred to you for the future.”
(parents of 5 month old boy born with multiple abnormalities, Kenilworth)
“Dear Dr Jo,
That we have very happily come back to you is testament to how much we trust you with our son. Thanks once again for helping us so much – we are very grateful to you.”
(parents of 6 year old boy with tummy aches, Solihull area)
“Many thanks for all your help with us so far. It has been so reassuring to know that we have a professional and compassionate doctor to turn to”
(family of 3 year old girl, Stratford–upon–Avon)
“We just wanted to thank you for your part in Lucy's journey in getting on her feet. Your approachability and professionalism has been very reassuring, especially for an anxious mum!
It is clear that you truly understand and care about children and this has come across in how you have dealt with Lucy.
In thenicest possible way, I hope we won't have to come back to you in the future!”
(parents of 2 year old little girl with delay in walking, Dorridge)
“What you are doing for my son is truly remarkable and we are truly grateful to you”
(mother of 14 year old with behavioural and learning difficulties, Knowle)
“Dear Dr Jo,
Thanks you for listening to us. You're the first doctor who has really listened to what we were saying and not just talked over us – your a breath of fresh air! We are really grateful for the help you have given us and our little boy and we feel confident that we will get to the bottom of his problems at last”
(parents of toddler with breathing problems, Warwick)
“We just wanted to say thank you for today. It was such a relief to get some positive answers for our daughter and important for her too, to know she hasn't been imagining everything, especially after the GP's comments.
Many thanks again for today we cannot express how grateful we all are as a family”
(family from Nuneaton with 12 year old daughter with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome)
“I just wanted to say thank you for spending that time with us Dr Jo. We both felt that we had met an amazing person who knew how to talk to us and reassure us because we were so frightned. You really do know your job too. I haven't met a doctor before who has such a gift with children, she was so happy being with you and normally she fights everyone. You made us feel listened to and we will never forget you and the help you gave us.”
(mother of 2 year old with ‘funny turn’, Stratford on Avon)
“My son's behaviour took me close to a complete breakdown. When he was referred to you, I was basically on my knees ready to throw in the towel! Then a miracle happened and I met you! Slowly you made me understand and accept that there was a deeper underlying problem that needed medical attention. Although I withheld information from you initially, you did your thorough research very professionally and always made me feel so comfortable that it became very easy to converse with you regarding his behaviour.
Your advice plus the recent diagnosis has helped me to accept that he doesn't do things to annoy me on purpose but that's the way he is as he has Asperger's Syndrome. At least I have a reason for his behaviour now and thanks to you, I can stop blaming myself and make sense of it all. I certainly can't predict the future but one thing that I can tell you is that you have changed our present by lifting this ‘dark cloud of blame’! I just felt it was important to let you know how much your diagnosis, your time, your care can affect a young person’s life. You have done a fabulous job with both of us and at least we can enjoy one another now, although if you spent an evening with us, you would probably disagree! Seriously thank you for all your invaluable advice, help and continuing support.”
(Mother of 10 year old boy with ADHD and Asperger's Syndrome, West Midlands)
“Needless to say you have worked your magic on Jake and the medication is now holding fine – so Thank You – He is getting HUGE now as you might imagine!)”
(mother of teenager with previously disabling migraine equivalent, Stratford–on–Avon
“Thank you so much for your support and for making our daughter so at ease, we really are very grateful to you and it has been a pleasure to meet you”
(parents of 15 year old whom I diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Warwick)
“Just wanted to thank you once again for the time you spent listening to me during our Saturday appointment. It was good to finally find a doctor who cared and who explained things clearly and had a wonderful manner around our daughter. We have had a wonderful weekend with family – not worrying! and have had wonderful sleeps as a result.”
(Mother of 3 year old girl with kidney problems, Stratford)
“You remain an inspirational individual so my recollection of you remains firmly intact. It's great that there are still people like you that can cut through all the **** and get to the crucks of the problem for families.”
(Senior Children’s Nurse, Worcestershire)
“Jo is a wonderful and caring physician and I would unequivocally recommend her to anyone. Wonderful, interested and excellent service.”
(American mother of 12 year old boy with ADHD)
“Oscar - well what can i say everyone has said he is a different child, to us we have our happy little boy back, you got his diagnosis spot on he is still on the movicol, he is really enjoying his food, obviously as you said he is still scared of pooing but it IS coming out, his bottom has cleared up. We can actually make plans and not have to worry about him, so we think thank god we found you.
Just want you to know seeing you was the best thing we ever did, your a star thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”
(mother of small boy with anal infection and severe bowel problems, Solihull)
“Hi Jo, I just wanted to tell you that since the talk we had earlier this morning I have decided that being an imature 15 year old doesnt suit me and i thought it would be better to change that before it is too late. I understand that I have ADHD and will accept it and take responsibilty for it and also my Diabetes. I promise that things are going to be different now because i need to grow up at some stage and learn to listen. You have really helped me. Thankyou.”
(15 year old, Warwickshire)
“May we take this opportunity to say again you are a special person who has a unique gift in dealing with both children and parents alike. Your reassuring advice has given us enormous strength in order to cope. You were handcrafted for your role and thank goodness you chose this profession, otherwise, where would we go! ”
(mother of young child with autism, Warwick)
“It was wonderful to meet you at our appointments – you are truly a caring and reassuring expert, who put us all at ease during a stressful time. Jacob warmed to you immediately, which is so important. We are glad it was you we chose to help us and are extremely grateful for your thorough assessments.”
“Thank you so much for calling me last night - you sounded wonderfully empathetic and I felt better after I had spoken to you.”
(mother of baby with heart murmur, Stratford-on-Avon)
“I think that things have improved massively. In fact, it is almost like she is another child. She is now comfortable for much longer periods, and the discomfort periods are less and less frequent and shorter in duration. She still gets the odd patch, but it is significantly better. She is laughing and smiling (pretty much for the first time). So, a transformation really….So overall, a massive improvement. Still need to keep working at the diet, but our relief is enormous. You are great, thank you very much for helping us so much.”
(After one consultation, mother of 10 week old baby who cried continuously, Warwickshire)
“You were fantastic with the children - so natural and relaxed - we are lucky to have you!”
(mum of two young boys with heart murmurs, Leamington Spa)
“Thank you again for listening to us all those months ago, we would not be in the position we are now with the help, support and knowledge that we have if it were not for you and your dedication.”
(mother of 4 year old child from Rugby with hormone condition)
“Thank you so much for all your help. If anybody ever found the right branch of medicine to specialise in, I think it must be you!”
(Mother of 8 year old boy with tummy pains, Banbury)
“Thank you for all your help and reassurance, it's lovely to meet such a caring Doctor :-)”
(Mother or two year old, Warwick)
“Just a quick note to acknowledge the significant improvement noted in Dougal's attention and behaviour in the classroom since April's commencement of daily medication. Indeed to quote the opening of my final school report for him: “As alluded to on more than one occasion in this report so far, any comment about Dougal's progress this year must acknowledge the change witnessed in him post the diagnosis and treatment for ADHD, since its impact on both his behaviour and subsequent attainment has been considerable. One hears a voice inside one's head saying, “If only…”
Dougal's distractibility, defiance and excitability have all been significantly curtailed by the medication. On the rare occasions that he demonstrates such behaviours, the question immediately arises: “Has he taken his medication today?”
Furthermore, Dougal's academic progress has returned to the correct trajectory – compensating for 18 months of what was effectively static performance. He achieved fantastic SATs results in English, Maths and Science. Clearly with his ADHD under control, he has the potential to achieve much more at secondary school.
Dougal and I are indebted to your support. Thank you.”
(Teacher's personal letter to me regarding Dougal Gedge aged 11, diagnosed with ADHD this year)
“Our daughter has been like a different girl since we saw you. I am absolutely delighted to tell you that she has slept on her own, all night, since we saw you – it's now 6 nights on the trot, which she has never done in her whole life. You are a miracle worker !!”
(mother of 10 year old girl, Warwickshire)
“Stuart and I would like to thank you for the time you have spent on Emelia's case. We are both incredibly impressed with your knowledge and complete professionalism. Your advice has been brilliant and we have jumped from stressed and deeply concerned to calm and more informed with only one consultation with you so far. Emelia felt very comfortable with you and it is easy to tell that you have a gift with children. We would (and have) thoroughly recommend you to any friend or family member with children.”
(Sara, Stuart and Emelia Sewell, Warwickshire.)”
“We went downstairs for a muffin and a drink after Greg's blood test and he said you were the best doctor in the galaxy! What more can I say?”
(Mother of 5 year old boy, Warwickshire)
“We would just like to thank you for your open and honest appraisal of the situation which has helped us move forward very quickly. Our next challenge is to get Sophia to fall asleep by herself every night which we will begin to address after one more week of her ‘new’ routine. We both thank you for the good advice given to us.”
(Parents of six year old with long term sleeping problems, Warwickshire)
“We found the session really helpful – you have a fabulous style with kids – it was all really comforting (despite it being a conversation about poo!). ”
(Mother of 3 year old with constipation, Birmingham)
“We both found your consultation on Tuesday to be very positive and constructive – looking forward to moving forward with Sophia...”
(Parents from Stratford-upon-Avon)
“It was very reassuring to speak to you and we both came away confident that we will get some answers to our daughter's ailments and niggles”
(Parents from Warwickshire)
“Many thanks for the time you gave us yesterday. We all came away feeling more positive and with some hope.”
(Parents of 14 year old boy, Warwickshire)
“I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping us get to the bottom of Harriet's anxieties. Getting a diagnosis should hopefully mean that Harriet gets all the support she needs and will have some reasoning behind why she feels the way she does.
“Ifelt you were the first person who had ever really believed and understood what we as a family were going through. Thank you for listening and making me believe in myself as a mother again. Since seeing you, my anxieties have been released, because of this I feel more able to cope with day to day issues.”
(Mother from Staffordshire)
“We came away feeling better after our talk with you, and had a better understanding of what was going on.”
“I know that you have done and are doing an excellent job with Oscar and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for that”
“I wanted to tell you yesterday but we ran out of time, you are brilliant at your job (which I’m sure you are aware of). You've helped me and my family so much and we will all be eternally grateful. You are not only a very professional lady, but you have a very special aura about you, a lovely personality. You put me at ease, and helped me to understand that Ellie would get better, and I just wanted to say, Thank you.
You go above and beyond what any other Consultant I have ever had anything to do with does – the email exchange we had, helped tremendously. ”
“Thank you so much for all the help and support you gave me through those worrying times.”
“Everything is finally starting to come right, and it's all thanks to you sorting out Ellie. Thank you.”
(Mother of extremely colicky and unsettled baby, Warwickshire)
“It has been a real pleasure to meet you and would definitely contact you again.
Thank you for checking my baby and made me feel so relief. After seeing how you have treated her, made me feel I can trust in some English doctors again!
So thank you very much because I think not only have I found I an excellent doctor but a lovely human being as well.”
“Thanks to your speedy actions, the scarring is very slight and the condition can be managed and our son can lead a full and normal life.
We appreciate how quickly you acted, as we were struggling with our G.P, to see it as more than a tummy bug.”
“Thank you for your advice with our fat happy wheezer, fingers crossed he is doing really well!”
“Just wanted to say ‘thank you’ for everything yesterday.
You have really put our minds at rest.”
(Family from Somerset)
“I can't thank you enough for all your help and kindness over the last few weeks, you really have been a tower of strength amongst the voices of panic. Thank you.”
(Stratford parents of young baby)
“I would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all your help and advice. When we came to see you we were at our wits end with our son’s reflux and you cured him instantly with the prescription of medication that you advised. We felt so helpless watching our beautiful son feeding in agony and spending hours after screaming and being so uncomfortable, once he began taking his medication he turned back to the happy and contented baby we had only seen a glimpse of, who was able to enjoy feeding again. The reflux took over our lives and even made us housebound, we are so grateful that you were able to change our lives.”
(Parents from Warwick)
“Every time I think of your involvement, I feel grateful anew. It was a great relief to think that my grandson had a thorough examination and all was well.”
“Thanks for an excellent consultation today. We really appreciate all your help and advice.”
(Family from Northampton)
“I am definitely comfortable and happy with what you said about my daughter....
Also she kept talking about you last night and was quite excited that she had the chance to use a real Stethoscope to listen to her heart!!
It is greatto know that I can rely on your assistance should I need some help with the girls. As a mother, that gives me the confidence that I can offer my children the professional assistance they need.”
“Thank you so much for helping me. You are the first paediatrician who has explained things to me in a way I can understand what the problem is and what needs to happen to make it better. My life changed so much after one appointment with you and the change you made to my medicine, (which is now much less than before). It has made a huge difference to me and my family. I am also much happier at school. Thank you.”
(From a schoolboy near Stratford)
“Dr Jones is a thoroughly warm and approachable paediatric specialist, with a wonderful manner and confidence–inspiring knowledge and expertise. She was brilliant with her diagnosis of my baby daughter’s reflux and dairy intolerance and we saw immediate results as a result of her suggested treatment. She offers excellent advice and a service that I would highly recommend to any of my friends and family with children and I would not hesitate to contact her, should I need to again, with regard to either of mine.”
“Thank you so much for seeing my son for me last week. He has been very well since. It was very reassuring to know that I had not missed anything. I'm very grateful.”
“Wow!...a normal bedtime after six years! Thank you so much. We are all amazed and I can't describe the difference to family life that this has made.”
(Family, North of England)
“I just want to say how grateful we are that you came over today. It was very kind of you. Our daughter was very happy too and said how nice you were to her. This makes such a difference.”
(Mother, Leamington Spa)
“It was lovely to meet you and we did appreciate your time and approach which was very caring and warm.”
“We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your help and support at what was a difficult and worrying time.”
(Mother, Leamington Spa)
“So good to know that all is well with Jake – you really are changing his/our lives!”
“I believe that Dr. Jo treated Molly as she would her own children and found Molly the best available care as quickly as possible. She is an extremely knowledgeable and caring individual who has a natural affinity with kids. Molly is very at ease with Dr. Jo and I would recommend anyone with concerns to seek Dr. Jo’s advice.”
“Thank you for seeing our son yesterday. We felt reassured that we are finally starting to get to the bottom of his ill health.”
“Your genuine concern and assistance is very much appreciated.”
(Mother of teenager, Leamington Spa)
“Dr Jones, Thankyou so much for listening. I feel very privileged that we have had the opportunity to see you.”
“Jo was brilliant during the appointment. She assessed our daughter in a very positive way, trying to alleviate some of my worries and was extremely kind and empathetic. She explained things clearly and sympathetically in a very caring way.”
(The Loosmore family, Warwickshire)
“I think you did wonderfully well with his management – it made all the difference for him.”
(a senior Consultant colleague)
“You have a lovely style of working – with adults and children.”
(a Warwickshire Mum)
“Many thanks for your assessment of our daughter and we are so glad there is nothing wrong neurologically. You were very thorough and we were very impressed. Thank you.”
(a Warwickshire family)
“I would like to thank Jo Jones for the excellent treatment she gave my daughter. You can tell she is a genuine caring person with a wonderful manner with children. Everyone else my daughter saw diagnosed her with asthma, but Jo after only one appointment got to the real root of her illness, which is easily cleared up with tablets when she has an attack. I would thoroughly recommend Jo and have every confidence in her.”
(Cooke family, Warwickshire)
“It was lovely to meet you and thank you so much for your time.”
“Many thanks for all you have done for our son.”