Salvesen Mindroom Centre was founded by Sophie Dow, inspired by her daughter Annie. Annie has severe learning difficulties as a consequence of a chromosomal deletion on Chromosome 1, the ‘short arm’.
Spotting a need
After years researching the complexities of learning difficulties, Sophie found that they were:
There was also a HUGE void when it came to accessing all-round information on learning difficulties.
Trying to find the answers for Annie was traumatic. It took years, experience was low, information was unavailable, medical and educational support systems focused on the mainstream and there was no pathway to a solution. Sophie wanted to help make sure other families didn’t have the same experience.
Something needed to be done, and in 2000, Mindroom was born. In 2017, we became the Salvesen Mindroom Centre.