THE mother of a youngster who was unable to speak has told of her delight after he strung his first ever sentence together.
Beth Fletcher was 'overwhelmed' after hearing Charlie say 'cake mama' only months after he spoke for the first time.
The youngster, from Church Gresley, struggles with autism and his parents have raised thousands of pounds to attend special training courses in America to help him speak for the first time.
She said: "We actually got words put together by Charlie.
"Nick and I pretty much went crazy with excitement.
"We asked him to say it again. He thought about it for a second, removed his dummy and then repeated it perfectly while smiling as if to say, 'I can do this'.
"My heart just melts when I see that he is proud of his own achievements. He is constantly working so hard and I can't ask for anymore from him than that.
"This past month has been quite incredible and we are seeing so much progress in our beautiful Charlie.
"We are seeing a remarkable difference in his concentration and his understanding of instructions.
"He is now able to tell us when he needs a wee (so much easier than us trying to guess).
"He can say 'no' if he doesn't want something, he can follow simple instructions and he just seems so much more with it, if that makes sense."
To donate towards supporting the efforts to help Charlie talk, head online to www.gofundme.com/43vvyw or for more information on their efforts visit www.charliesvoice.co.uk