Our son Alex has severe Autism, Intellectual disability, ADHD, and OCD, with violence and self-harm issues. We have withdrawn him from his special school because they were having a hard time handling him, and we had concerns about his safety while at school - they seclude him and possibly even restrain him to keep him and others safe.
Since withdrawing him from school, he has become much happier. He is willing to learn and engage with us now, and is learning new skills. We want to help him overcome his behavioural issues so he can be happy, and learn important skills that he will need later on in life. He will always need around the clock care, but any little steps he can take toward independence will make it more likely that we will be able to find a home for him when we can no longer look after him. We don't have any financial assistance however, and he desperately needs therapy more than we can provide by ourselves.
We need some help to finance sessions with his RDI (Relationship Development Intervention) therapist. She has been the only one who has ever been able to reach him and work with him. Since our funding ran out two years ago, we haven't been able to do the therapy, but Alex is ready and willing to learn now, so we need to find a way to afford it.
We would also like to get him a deep pressure machine, to try and help him calm down before he gets to the point of hurting himself. His poor little body is covered in bruises and marks, and his little brother often bears the brunt of Alex's meltdowns. We're hoping that the deep pressure (which he craves) in a way that he can do himself, will help him settle down.
Please help Alex if you can, every little bit is greatly appreciated!