This is my son Beau. He is 11 years old and recently started high school. He has been doing well and is making progress but alongside this, he is beginning to understand that he has been living with Autism.
There are many things that Beau is really good at like recalling film facts and details or knowing all of David Bowies songs ever written. He also loves water and can swim well, despite his lack of danger awareness. He's kind, brave, helpful and funny as well as loving and gentle. Beau loves to play xbox, going to the skate park and is very much in love with his Baby Brother.
But there's also many times in Beau's life where he isn't able to access these attributes and is held back by his condition.
Beau finds transitions quite challenging and can struggle to let go of his attachment to inanimate objects. He also gets angered quite quickly meaning it can be difficult to bring his attention towards balance and calm.
In addition, Beau doesn't have much faith in his own ability and struggles in confidence. He has many challenges around friendships and tends to stick with one or two friends at most, but can struggle to share interests with people because he is very fixated on his own interests. When it comes to the usual small talks, Beau isn't always very good at continuing conversations and this can lead to problematic interactions with peers.
One of Beau's biggest challenges and I'd say the hardest thing for us to live with are the total meltdowns that he has. Something that seems very trivial to us can cause him to be beside himself! Screaming, crying, tears, anger, rage, pain, anguish! We have to watch him go through this quite regularly and there is very little we can do to help him once this begins. These are almost a daily occurance for Beau. I've watch Beau like this for most of his life but I've always thought he would grow out of this or that it's just a phase. The hardest part of this journey has been the not knowing and not being sure. It has broken my heart many times and left me. Confused to say the least because there are times when Beau behaves quite neurotypically.
It's probably been in the last 2 or 3 years that I have seen the quirks of my son come more to the forefront and with this, I've been reading and researching and watching documentaries.
I have learned of a treatment that I know in my heart will help Beau. There's a clinic in Windsor that uses a drug-free method to help people like Beau to ease their symptoms and move forward in their lives. It's based the idea that many children with conditions like autism, adhd, add, etc have somehow held onto their primitive reflexes. The treatment uses movement to help these retained reflexes to naturally leave the body and helo the individual to progress and flourish past these "early" states.
I've included the link for the documentary so please have a watch.
I've contacted the clinic and each session is £110 with most people attending every 6 to 7 weeks for around a year. We are now on the waiting list so in the mean time, I wanted to try and raise some money to help our family with this cost.
I really hope you can help us! Any contribution will be greatly received. I'm hoping to get just enough for Beau but if I happen to get any more that would be fantastic too. My plan is to raise awareness for this treatment type and then donate any additional funds to another family.
It can be so difficult to watch one of your children having to live with something like autism and see how they struggle in many situations. Please help us if you can.
Thank yoh so much for reading and for understanding.