It is 12months since I started fundraising for Zak and what a year it has been!!
Zak’s programme has cost £29,200 so far. The majority has been raised by ourselves, my family, the generosity of another family and the rest by fundraising by me and my sister and kind donations from friends.
This money has allowed me to train and set up a home based programme for Zak, daily OT exercises, 3 monthly visits to an autism specialist and weekly special needs tutor.
Zak has loved his therapy room where we have been able to use his motivation to bring him on, reducing meltdowns, increasing communication and allowing Zak to thrive in an environment he feels safe and in control.
His daily exercises which are tedious and relentless have shown a 24% increase in brain function in 9 months (without any intervention this would be expected to be 2%)
Zak’s autism specialist makes sure Zak is on the correct supplements and the rest of his health is in tip top condition.
As for Zak’s tutor…..what can I say…… I was told he would be unlikely to read…..he can read the newspaper!!!! 1+1 =5…..he now knows his number bonds up to 10….
We are overjoyed with Zak’s progress and none of it would be possible without this fundraising.
We are about to go into our 2nd year of our 3 year plan and we would like to expand Zak’s therapy room sessions, taking on more workers so Zak gets more social interactions with different personalities.
His daily exercises and weekly tutors will continue and we would like to include some cranial work by the fab Phillip Owen in Gatley.
Zak will leave his current school at Christmas and after a long battle will start at a high functioning Autism School in Church Lawton. Watch this space on the progress I believe he will make in an environment which is correct for him.
Our next fundraising is our September walk of the Monopoly Board in London and I thank anyone in advance who is able to donate…..
Lots of Love & Hope