THE mother has undertaken specialist training in America in a bid to help her son who cannot talk say his first words.
Beth Fletcher, mum of Charlie, has just returned from the Autism Treatment Centre of America, in Massachusetts, after family, friends and strangers raised thousands of pounds to send her on the vital trip.
The Church Gresley resident has been taught a specialist training programme that could help the youngster.
She said: “I have now returned from the Son Rise Start Up program.
“ What a week, what an experience and what an amazing group of people I can now call my new friends.
“It’s hard to really put in to words everything I took away from the Start Up because it was such a journey of self discovery as well as a way to help Charlie.
“All I can say is that I am so glad I made the decision to go and that now I am absolutely fully charged and ready to run our program.
“Since returning we have been spending time with Charlie in our playroom and we have seen some amazing changes.
“His eye contact has improved in gigantic leaps and bounds.
“He is much more attentive and is responding so much more when his name is called.
“He is playing more with toys and books and noticing things he had previously ignored and he is also attempting to say words.
“So far he has tried to say juice and bubbles.
“We have also been hearing mama, pappa and wee.
“We aren’t completely sure whether he is directing these at us but they are definitely there which is fantastic.
“We are so excited about the progress he has made in just two weeks and can’t wait to share with everyone all the other things he will learn in the upcoming future.
“Once again allow me to say thank you so much to everyone who has supported us.
“We wouldn’t have been able to get to America without the generosity of so many of our friends and family, as well as perfect strangers who were touched by Charlie’s story.
“We will be forever grateful.”
The next step will be eventually to take Charlie to America and Beth predicts that the trip will cost an additional £5,000.
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After suffering several setbacks in a bid to get help in the UK, the Beth and Nick Fletcher decided to search far and wide and learned of a solution in America.
Mrs Fletcher said: “He was born in 2010 and was developing fine but at 18 months he had not started to speak and was not interacting with others in the right way.
“Months of speaking to doctors and trying to get help eventually saw us being told that he had autism.”