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Zayne’s journey with Autism

May 17, 2021 / All Events

Read as Zayne’s mum tells us about their journey as a family, with Autism.

“Life before we came to bibic was really stressful and confusing, mixed with long waiting lists and no answers. We just wanted to be able to help Zayne the best we possibly could, but with very little knowledge and understanding of what he needed, it proved almost impossible to know what to do for the best. I found myself up at night searching for answers and joining online support groups – however it was hard to know what support we actually needed help with, without knowing what difficulties Zayne was having. I really needed that support, advice and guidance more than ever, and I did start to lose all hope after hearing that waiting lists were starting at about 18 months long.

When Zayne started his journey with bibic, he was struggling.

Zayne was struggling with sensory meltdowns and numerous other difficulties that we were trying to understand. He needed lots of sensory input in certain areas and much less sensory input in other areas, which is something I hadn’t understood before coming to bibic. He absolutely LOVED his time at bibic, the therapists really understood him and made us all welcome from the very start. He loved playing games and bouncing on the trampoline, for him I suppose it must have felt like some really fun days out, but it was so much more exciting than that for us as a family – because we were all learning how to help. Watching his journey, and our journey as a family, was just amazing because came home with so much knowledge, so much understanding and we felt able to actually help Zayne almost immediately after leaving!

The support before, during and after his assessment was absolutely gold standard.

I couldn’t have possibly dreamt of anything better, especially since that period of time was one of the hardest of our lives. We had felt so alone before going to bibic for help.

Zayne got diagnosed with autism in august 2020. We had suspected this would be the case, but the support from bibic helped us be able to help him with his individual needs before he even had a diagnosis. I feel like we were able to support him, without having to wait for that much needed help, because bibic worked with us and worked with Zayne’s specific needs when we desperately needed that guidance.

Life for Zayne now is so much better, more fulfilled and he is so much happier now.

We know how to help and what steps to take if anything is too much for him, or he feels overwhelmed. We also found out what he really loves, and what helps his sensory needs at the same time, which is trampolining, flipping, scootering, bike riding, dog walking, etc. He spends most of his life outdoors come rain or shine, and he is such a happy little boy . He is doing much better at school socially, but has ear defenders if he needs them and a chair that he can take sensory breaks on (doing push-ups or any other movement break type activity).

Without bibic we would’ve definitely struggled on for a very long time.

Not knowing where to go, or who to turn to. I am so grateful for the help we were given so quickly, and for Zayne’s assessment as a whole – it really helped us to understand what he needed and put things in place that really help him.”

(Zayne’s mum)

Follow Zayne’s journey on Instagram here. (Account run by parents)

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