The first time he came he introduced himself to me and my husband Dean then he plonked himself down on the floor and Kian was immediately his best buddy. Chris connects with people, adults and kids. He is kind and listens to the individual needs of people. But he is no pushover. He warns this is going to be hard and sometimes will turn everything on its head. Well it is intense there is no doubt about that, but in five short weeks Kian has learned to use his PECS cards. He is also using Makaton to sign "more " and "thank you".
Chris gave Dean and I the confidence and tools to go forward.
We thought. Kian was too young. Chris wasn't having any negativity and he is right. We had our way forward positively proved when on Kians birthday, his Auntie Sarah brought him a minions helium balloon. His laughter said it all as he clapped his hands. But while we were in another room the balloon floated out of Kian's reach. From the kitchen we heard Sarah, "OMG" we ran in to the lounge to find an emotional Auntie experiencing Kian communicating with her for the first time. He had gone to his board, picked off the balloons pecs card and taken it to her. Now if that is not progress, what is. Since then and only five days on he has picked up how to say "I want". He does this by taking the "I want" card from his board and placing it on a mobile strip, he than adds what he wants, i.e balloons, bubbles, play. He takes it to Mummy or Daddy. He is talking to us. So what can I say. Chris Wade you rock.
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