Telethon lan­guage cen­tre puts Harry on the right track to speech

North Coast Times - - NEWS -

IN­TEN­SIVE speech and lan­guage sup­port in Wem­b­ley is help­ing But­ler boy Harry Brock­lesby learn and gain con­fi­dence.

Harry goes to the Telethon Speech and Hear­ing (TSH) cen­tre two days a week, and at­tends pre-pri­mary classes at St James Angli­can School in Alki­mos.

The five-year-old’s par­ents Mar­i­anne and Sa­muel spent years try­ing to find an­swers for his lim­ited com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills and de­vel­op­ment, learn­ing he could be autis­tic when he was three years old.

“Af­ter the ini­tial di­ag­no­sis we were ab­so­lutely dev­as­tated to have our great­est fears con­firmed, but also frus­trated that our con­cerns had been dis­missed so many times,” Mrs Brock­lesby said.

“As a teacher, I was also far too aware of the po­ten­tially se­ri­ous con­se­quences for both his aca­demic and so­cial de­vel­op­ment and the hur­dles that he was likely to en­counter.”

Harry has been re­ceiv­ing in­ten­sive speech and lan­guage sup­port from TSH in Wem­b­ley for the past two years and his progress has sur­prised his par­ents.

“It’s be­yond our ex­pec­ta­tions; the progress he has made is un­be­liev­able,” Mrs Brock­lesby said.

“We are so pleased with all the sup­port he has had from Telethon school.

“Harry ar­rived at TSH as a very quiet lit­tle boy who couldn’t even say his own name.

“Since join­ing he has con­tin­ued to sur­prise and de­light us with his un­be­liev­able de­vel­op­ment.

“He is now very con­fi­dent and has an in­sa­tiable ap­petite for learn­ing.”

The But­ler res­i­dent said at­tend­ing main­stream school had been good for Harry’s so­cial de­vel­op­ment and it had been “sur­pris­ingly easy” for his classmates to ac­cept he was there part-time.

“Friends and fam­ily are as­tounded by the de­vel­op­ment in Harry’s re­cep­tive and ex­pres­sive lan­guage,” she said.

Harry is one of two am­bas­sadors for this year’s Get LOUD! fundrais­ing ini­tia­tive, which en­cour­ages peo­ple to wear their bold­est and bright­est out­fits to work or school.

Money raised will en­able TSH to pro­vide in­ten­sive ther­apy ser­vices to the many chil­dren with hear­ing, speech and lan­guage im­pair­ments.

Reg­is­ter to hold a Get LOUD! event be­fore Oc­to­ber 18 at www.tsh.org.au/get­loud .

d472312 Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey

Break­through upon break­through for Sam and Mar­i­anne Brock­lesby and their son Harry thanks to the Telethon Speech and Hear­ing Cen­tre.

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