Family seek volunteers for autistic daughter’s therapy

W17030H12 WH AUTISM GT 20.04.12.''Autism .............  Nigel and Babs Ratcliffe with Angie .......... W17030H12.

W17030H12 WH AUTISM GT 20.04.12.''Autism ............. Nigel and Babs Ratcliffe with Angie .......... W17030H12.

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THE PARENTS of an autistic girl are seeking volunteers to help with their daughter’s treatment.

Nigel and Babs Ratcliffe, of Stone Street, Worthing, were told that their daughter would never speak when she was first diagnosed with autism. But a £10,000 trip to Boston meant that the family and two volunteers were introduced to the intensive Son-Rise training programme.

Since then, Angie has progressed beyond expecation, and can now communicate with her parents as well as write some words.

She spends a minumum of six hours a day taking part in the Son-Rise programme, but due to the nature of the therapy, the family need more people to assist.

Mr Ratcliffe said: “Our two current volunteers Liam and Brogan are a great asset to what we do and have got a lot out of working with Angie. Because of the intense nature of the programme, people of a young age group, from 16-25 can better sustain the level of interaction needed. This is a very demanding role but very rewarding. The main thing that the helper has to be is open minded.”

For more details go to www.angiesmiracles.co.uk or email communicatz@yahoo.co.uk

The family will complete a sponsored walk on Saturday (August 31) to raise £300 for mirrors for Angie’s playroom.