Testimonials

Below you can see feedback from some of the parents and carers who have attended the service since it became a permanent provision in 2018.

Cassia

At the age of 2.5, Lucas had been kicked out of nursery because of his behaviours that challenge and high needs. Our time at BeyondAutism completely changed our lives. We learned how to help our son’s development, the ability to set loving and necessary limits with him and help him be his best self.

When we started at BeyondAutism, Lucas was completely pre-verbal. The team at BeyondAutism worked tirelessly to prepare Lucas for school. As a result, he had a wonderful introduction to his school life. Today Lucas is a happy boy at a mainstream school, with a teacher that supports him as much as she can. He has friends, he is doing great in his academics and he loves his school. He is funny, affectionate, and able to express himself. I’m very proud of my son! Read more here.

 

 

Katie

We came across BeyondAutism Early Years purely by luck as we drove past the service and spotted the sign. At the time, we were quite early on in our autism journey. When I looked into it further it sounded exactly what we were looking for, at a time when we were desperate for support. The main thing I was looking to get out of it, like everything at the time, was knowledge. I was keen to arm myself in every way possible way to be ready to support my son.

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. Read more about Toby’s journey.

 

 

Yoshie

When our son started attending Early Years, he only had a few words. [Makaton] definitely promoted his speech and understanding, as well as his requesting skills. Now he can talk and put up to 4 words together.

He is also more imaginative than before and uses much more social language during his play. I've also learned skills to engage with him while playing together.

I love the parent meetings. Sarah is great at leading our discussion as well as giving us knowledge and empowering us. Our Tutor Nalini's passion and knowledge definitely empowered and helped us too.

We are grateful for your support. We absolutely love being part of the Early Years’ family. You are making a big difference to our life and in fact, we feel much more confident and hopeful than ever before. Thank you so much for supporting all of us!

 

 

Mother and autistic child egg and spoon race

Julia

Adam attended our Early Years' group for over a year before moving to a special school. His mum, Julia, continued to implement the strategies she had learnt from attending the Early Years' sessions, and Adam continued to make amazing progress. A year after Adam joined the special school, it was clear from conversations with Julia that his needs, including a more suitable peer group, might be better met in a mainstream setting. We invited Adam and Julia to join our Pre-School Group sessions which focus on preparing children for mainstream school. Our baseline assessments and progress review confirmed that Adam’s skill set had significantly developed and he would now meet the criteria to attend a mainstream school with a resource base and 1:1 support.

Adam and Julia attended our Pre-School Group for a term, and we provided Julia with additional parent support with regular meetings over Teams. She used our comprehensive end of term report to approach a mainstream school and was successful in securing a place for Adam.

With her increased knowledge and confidence, Julia was able to make informed choices and successfully secure the right support and educational setting to meet Adam’s needs. Her determination and resilience will help to ensure the best possible outcomes for Adam as he continues his education at a mainstream school.

 

 

Sibling support at Early Years – Rosie and Matilda