Welcome to Beat Autism

When our first son was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome at the age of 7 we were told that he would never form relationships, he wouldn't have the coordination for sports or be able to play in teams. It was unlikely that he would ever work and that sadly his future was very bleak.

Our second Son was diagnosed with Severe Classic Autism at the age of 5. We were given a leaflet explaining what Autism is and a box of tissues. We were told that there is no cure for Autism.

Our eldest son now holds down a regular job, drives his own car and has a long term girlfriend. Oh, and he plays for his local cricket team too! Our youngest son still has a long way to go, but has changed from a violent, non verbal, frustrated child to a happy, lovable bundle of joy that now speaks in small sentences, and negotiates everything.

We are not going to tell you it is easy, because it isn't. The road of understanding and change is long and difficult, but there is genuine hope out there and we are living proof it can be done. The simple fact is that there is currently very little help out there for parents who have hundreds of questions that desperately need answering. We felt so alone and decided that we would not accept what we were told and set about finding answers.

It still makes us angry that there is so little help out there and that parents lose precious time in trying to find out what is available. Beat Autism was created to help other desperate parents find their way through this challenging condition and gain the help and support that is so very much needed.

We have years of experience dealing with Autistic children and feel passionate about being able to help others. We have been over to America to learn about the Son rise program and Biomedics that we have been using now for 9 years with our children. As well as having GCSE's A Levels and is a member of the Institute of Credit Management, Sharon has Diploma's in Child Psychology, Autism and Child Behaviour and is currently studying Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.

"Our life was pretty miserable with Jacks strange behaviour and tantrums. We didn't even want to go out. Your help taught us how to change both Jacks behaviour as well as changing our outlook on life. We feel more like a 'normal' family now"

- Mrs V Zender