‘Jack loves it,’ says Claire. Although Jack is non-verbal, Claire says he jumps up and down with excitement when he is told he is going to a Saturday activity day at the Daisy Chain farm and day centre.

‘He particularly loves the book area, he is very story orientated,’ she adds.

Jack has a developmental delay too, ‘He didn’t reach the usual milestones by the time he was two,’ Claire explains.

After attending the Cleveland Unit at James Cook University Hospital, Jack now attends Priory Woods School and Arts College in Ormesby, Middlesbrough for pupils with severe learning difficulties and complex needs.

‘Jack wouldn’t be able to manage in mainstream but is enjoying school, he is always happy when the bus comes to collect him in the morning.’

As well as Saturday activity days, the family, including two-year-old sister Jessica will attend toddler sessions and holiday clubs.

‘It’s good for Jack to attend Daisy Chain and learn to be social as he often doesn’t really see other children. Going to the sessions has had a good impact on Jack’s communication skills and his anxiety. It builds his confidence and it has helped me work out coping strategies and get a better understanding of autism.’

20th October 2017

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