K.T. is a 9 year old mildly autistic boy. He is lovely! I had the pleasure of working with K.T. and his mum over the course of about 6 months. K.T. was not the stereo-typical autistic, in that he made nice eye contact and was friendly. But he was struggling socially and was not participating in many activities beyond iPad games. He lacked dexterity in his motor skills and was somewhat hunched over and lacking coordination. He had a shrill high-pitched speaking voice and walked on his toes. He did not have many friends.
1st day of Autism NSW Davis Autism Approach Program; K.T. looks a little disconnected from the ‘here and now’
But initially, not everything was great as far as mum was concerned. K.T. was looking for more independence, refused to shower and acted out in an unexpected way, which appeared like a step backwards. He was finding family members annoying and required more personal space. It is common for autistic individuals to ‘act-out’ when they start to ‘individuate’ – become more self-aware. They want more input into decisions. This is actually a good thing and a sign of ‘normalisation’ – however, it can be tough on mum. Luckily, these apparent setbacks didn’t last long.
As K.T. progressed through the program, he started to participate more at school. Homework was not as much of a challenge and his social group expanded. K.T. started to play handball and was more social.
K.T. started trying new things – trampolining; scary exciting, fun slides on holidays; new types of food, among other things. People close to him noticed he looked more ‘alive’ and connected in his eyes.
It is now 6 months since we finished working together. K.T. is still improving and changing. He looks different. He is more upright and his posture is better. He speaks differently. Gone is the shrill, strange voice that was commonplace originally. K.T. is more confident and participates more fully in life!
Final day of Autism NSW program – K.T. looking more connected
The Davis Autism Approach has been used successfully now for many years. Autism NSW has been using these methods in Sydney, Australia to help autistic individuals change and develop into the confident people they want to be.
Phone: 0414 013 490