Carmel and Joseph

When I was 12 years old my nephew, Joseph, (who was 3) was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome which was later called PDDNOS. Now he is simply ASD. Joseph had a severe language delay and after being diagnosed attended Speech Pathology sessions religiously until he was about 9. I watched a little boy who could hardly communicate with his family start to speak to us in full sentences. The experience with my nephew inspired me to become a Speech Pathologist, so that I could help other kids with ASD share their message with the world. I have just graduated from my degree as a Speech Pathologist and am currently looking for work. I work as a Speech Pathologist’s Assistant through the NDIS funding. I work with a 17-year-old boy who has ASD and difficulties with language and social communication. I met him at my church youth group and we got along really well. Although this boy has difficulties engaging with people he doesn’t know, once he’s decided he likes you, he doesn’t stop talking!
I would like to encourage people to go out of their way to speak to others who are on the Spectrum – especially young people, who I believe need to be educated, in order for more acceptance to grow.

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