Andrew first showed signs of an autism spectrum condition when he was around three years old.
He was referred to a Child Development Centre and then enrolled at a nursery attached to a special school, where he spent time with educational psychologists and audiologists. As Andrew got older he continued to show signs of autism and was officially diagnosed with ‘a-typical autism’ at the age of 10.
A new chapter
With an official diagnosis Andrew was now eligible for schools with a more specific focus on autism. He was referred to Autism Initiative’s Peterhouse School and stayed on there for seven years – first as a day student, then as a weekly boarder.
As Andrew got older things became increasingly difficult to deal with at home. He struggled to get out and about, was badly affected by loud noises and unexpected events and would often refuse to move between locations. So, at the age of 17, Andrew moved into a residential home in Southport.
Andrew stayed there for the next three years, continuing to attend Peterhouse School until the age of 19. Then, the following year, a place became available at an Autism Initiatives residential care home in Warrington.
Andrew is now 30 years old and has been living in Warrington for 10 years. He currently acts as an honorary caretaker at the nearby Ingot House Community Resource Centre, does his own shopping at local supermarkets and travels independently on public transport.
Recently Andrew has also overcome a couple of longstanding fears: medical centres and crowds. He now goes for regular blood checks and dental treatments without any serious problems and has attended numerous events, such as the opening of the Resource Centre where he’s mingled with groups of strangers – something he previously found very difficult and stressful.
Andrew’s Mum and Dad are regular visitors to Andrew’s home in Warrington and the family enjoyed “the best Christmas ever” there last year. Discussing Andrew’s progress, his Dad says “I can only describe it as amazing.”
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