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World Autism Awareness Week 2016 – Stephen’s Story

Posted 03:33PM on Thursday 07 April 2016

Stephen’s story by his mum, Olivia

“When Stephen first started to receive support from Positive Futures, almost 9 years ago, he, at times, was extremely distressed and had challenging behaviour. He was not able to work alongside his peers without 1:1 support. When he had to participate in activities he could, at times, become disruptive. Living with Stephen’s autism was difficult and he had hardly any social outlets. 

“With the support of Positive Futures’ staff, who always have Stephen’s best interests at heart, Stephen has grown into a lovely young man who would do anything for anybody. He has learnt, with appropriate supports, to participate well in group activities and he is extremely helpful towards younger children. Because of the hard work of Positive Futures’ staff Stephen no longer requires 1:1 support. He enjoys taking part in art, swimming and cookery and manages independently in these activities. Stephen has an incredible memory; he will meet you once and will never fail to remember your name! 

“Stephen has come so far in the past 9 years – the difference is amazing when we think back to what he was like before. Stephen goes out of his way to cheer you up. We are so proud of him and he continues to brighten our days up as he is so kind to everyone he meets.”

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