Robert – aged 10 – from Cork, with Auditory processing difficulties and some Autistic traits.
“… Since the Cluas program, my son has changed in his ability to communicate, listen and interact with his peers and adults. This has greatly reduced his stress levels … “
Robert, while he showed signs or symptoms of being on the autistic spectrum, had a diagnosis of Auditory Processing difficulties. Robert and his parents came to Cluas in Cork in early July 2013 for an Assessment and the following week he started a Cluas @ Home program.
The first stage of 15 days was completed by early August. The family arranged their day so that two hours each day – during his summer holidays – was set aside for Robert’s program. In September and October the next two stages of 8 days each were completed. The program was completed by late October and a review was arranged for a few months later in January. Following this review with Cluas in January 2014, Robert’s mother told us how the program had helped him:
Since the Cluas program, my son has changed in his ability to communicate, listen and interact with his peers and adults. This has greatly reduced his stress levels – which was the main reason for doing the Cluas program.
His time in school has gone from a stressful one with “melt downs”, toiletry issues, lack of friends and “zoning out” to one where he now has friends, can interact in class and has lost the stress that showed before. He doesn’t walk on his toes as much, he willingly approaches visiting adults to talk. He has stopped bed wetting totally which use to occur during term time, another example of his stresses at school. He even goes on play-dates now!
The most difficult time of the program was the start as we had to try and incorporate the two hours into our busy day and to find things to do that were of interest. Once we got into a routine, it was easier.
Cathy and John, January 2014