Leo's Story

Leo was born at 40 weeks following an uneventful pregnancy.  During delivery his heart rate dropped and he required resuscitation, but was discharged home the same day.  Following his return home Leo progressed with his gross motor skills, he crawled at 5 months and walked at 9 months.  Leo’s parents became concerned at 17 months when he was not pointing or babbling, and following a visit to the health visitor he was referred to a paediatrician.  Following assessment Leo was given a diagnosis of autism.


Leo’s family contacted Brainwave following a search on the internet.  The concerns at the time centred on Leo’s speech and his behaviours.  An initial assessment took place in September 2013. At the time of the assessment Leo was 3 years 9 months. The assessment involved the Occupational Therapist (OT) and Speech and Language Therapist (SALT).


Leo’s family have returned to the North West Centre for four re-assessments to date, from 2014 to 2016.  The therapists have also been in to Leo's school to talk about sensory and communication strategies with his teacher's and one to one support.  Leo has made significant progress since his initial assessment in all developmental areas.  Within his gross motor skills he can now run, hop and jump.  He can manage to use the stairs without help.  His expressive language skills had flourished and he is now putting 4 word sentences together.  Leo is now toilet trained and is dry both in the day and at night.  He can manage to dress himself with the exception of fasteners.  Leo’s eye contact has improved and he is using more facial expressions.  Leo is now able to attend parties and is using more social skills.  He is also more tolerant of haircuts and visits to the dentist.


Leo has now settled into school well and receives one to one support full time.  There are school based services which monitor Leo for occupational and speech and language therapy.  Leo continues to respond well to sensory strategies which have been put into place and his family report he enjoys the physical rough and tumble type play.  At his last the reassessment Leo was awarded certificates for:

  • Initiating social interaction with children
  • Hopping

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