A change in Toby
Upon joining Early Years, we started to see benefits quickly. When Toby came to the setting, he resisted any kind of group activities and was wary of other children. The team at BeyondAutism got him taking part in story time and bucket time, improving his sitting, listening and engaging skills.
The approach is completely two-fold – my husband and I got as much out of the support as Toby did. Our knowledge grew and we were guided through every question or concern we had along the way, including support with our EHCP and formal diagnosis. We received little support from the council for Toby or ourselves when we got the diagnosis, which is why the support from BeyondAutism was so important.
Toby at school
BeyondAutism and his other wonderful mainstream pre-school setting prepared him to start school in September where he is now thriving. He is now verbal and at 5 has even started to read. There are of course still challenges, but I really believe all of our lives would have been so different had we not found the service and we are so incredibly grateful.
By Katie, Toby’s mother
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