The Aldershot couple are following a programme to help three-year-old Ray to recover
Volunteers are being sought by the parents of a three-year-old boy in Aldershot affected by autism in an incredible bid to help him fully recover.
Ray Viljoen has been taking part in a programme created by American author Barry Neil Kaufman called the Son-Rise Programme, which aims to make autistic children more comfortable in their social interaction by ensuring they have regular contact with different people.
Parents Steph and Ray, of High Street, have been lifted by the progress their son, who attends Aldershot Childcare Association playgroup, has made since starting the programme and are now looking to get volunteers on board to interact with him and further boost his therapy.
“Ray has gone from non-verbal to saying five-word sentences, his eye contact is very good and he wants to play and interact,” said Steph.
The therapy requires Ray to spend one or two hours a day playing, with attention from his parents and other people. It is claimed the programme can help children to fully recover from autism.
“The more people he can interact with, the better,” added Steph. “It’s amazing. When you first find out your child is autistic you lose all hope for the future.
"Everything I read put limits on what he could do, but this is limitless. He’s been doing really well and everyone can see it.
“Volunteers do not need any training as we will train them fully. They just need lots of energy as Ray is a highly active boy who loves to run and jump around.”
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