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PHOTOS: Cornish family forced to sell home to help autistic son

PHOTOS: Cornish family forced to sell home to help autistic son

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 6:38am 5th May 2017. (Updated at 2:53pm 5th May 2017)

A family from Cornwall has been forced to put their home up for sale help pay for their autistic son's therapy.

Little Will from Helston was diagnosed when he was three after his parents noticed he was struggling to talk.

They have launched a string of fundraisers to cover the cost of the four-year-old's ABA, which is not available on the NHS.

Mum Rebecca Stuteley had told Pirate FM it is already making a huge a difference.

She said: "It was a real challenge but the main thing for us was a lack of communication. When you hear your child speak for the first time you get to know them even more so and we never really had that with Will - he was really locked in his own world. What we really wanted was to get to know him and to be able to support him as best we could.

Will Stuteley from Helston who has autism

"He's much more interested in society. If someone knocked at the door, he'll go running to the door wanting to know who's there. You can tell that he's wanting to talk to you, wanting to engage with you and it's absolutely phenomenal. We never thought that this would've happened because he just seemed so locked in".

Will is at the non-verbal end of the autistic spectrum, which is something that only affects one in four autistic children.

Through ABA, known as Applied Behavioural Analysis, the four-year-old has a therapist who visits their home and a teaching assistant in school.

His parents, Rebecca and Joe, have already raised £12'000 through a big fundraising campaign.

However, the couple say they have already put their home on the market to help cover the cost as Will grows older.

will stuteley 1

Rebecca added: "We're getting to the point now where we're having to make major and drastic life changes in order to pay for this therapy because it's not cheap.

"We've done a lot of fundraising and the community have been amazing but it's not available on the NHS. It's not something that's even part of Will's educational healthcare plan at school at the moment, although we're working on that".

The family has set up a Facebook page to raise awareness of their campaign - 'Hear Will's Voice'.

They say they are in talks with Cornwall Council to see if teachers in the Duchy could be trained in ABA.

Read more about their fundraising campaign and find out how to donate.

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