Eddie – Autism
My name is Eddie, I’m 16-years-old and when I was younger I was diagnosed with severe autism.
It is hard to imagine now but I couldn’t talk and had no way to communicate with my mum and my family. When the doctors told my mum I was autistic we didn’t really know anything about it or who to talk to but luckily my mum contacted Caudwell Children and since then my life has changed for the better. Like many children with autism I’ve had lots of problems with my tummy and allergies to different foods which has made it hard for me to make friends or socialise.
Caudwell Children gave my mum the support to pay for a range of therapies that have helped to improve my health. They also helped me to get a special tutor that taught me Applied Behavioural Analysis (I call it ABA for short!). ABA helps me learn how to speak, make friends and practical things like shopping or getting dressed. I can now tell mum what I want or need and I can even put whole sentences together. Mum thinks it’s a miracle given that she was told that I would never speak. I’ve begun to go on trips and I’m even having surfing lessons. But best of all I’ve learnt to ride a unicycle!
I’m doing things my mum never thought were possible, thanks to the help of Caudwell Children’s ACT Programme.