Our Son Jaythan was diagnosed with a form of Autism 2 years ago and from that moment, our key question has always been whether he will be independent one day. My Son could hardly understand basic requests, lived a lonely life, will not associate with anyone, and could not say a word even after his 4th birthday. As you can imagine, this was a real source of concern. He was sent to an evaluation center for 12 weeks and the report was even more concerning. The evaluators said he was mentally retarded and operated like a 2-year-old while he was actually more than 4 years. The evaluators strongly recommended that he should be put in a special school because he will never be ready for conventional education.
This decision was heartbreaking and even more so because all who have been through the hustle of finding a special school will tell you that there is an average waiting time of 12 to 18 months. Thanks to the relentless efforts of our social worker, we managed to book an appointment to visit The Emir Foundation with no clear promises that our son will be enrolled. This was when I had the game-changer experience. On that first visit, the Emir Foundation monitor took total control of my son who would usually not associate with anyone in a few minutes. For the first time, I saw a brought smile on his face while he interacted with the monitor. That was a special moment and for the first time, I cried because I felt there was home in what I had considered a hopeless situation. Seeing how touched my wife and I were, Emir Foundation decided to enroll my son and he started on the 11th October 2021.
Five months down the line, Jaythan has significantly improved. He associates more with people, does a lot of the basic things like wearing his jacket, shoes, eating by himself, and the biggest victory is that the WORDS have started coming. Jaythan tells us good morning, goodnight, calls his brother and sister by name, and even tells us when he wants to eat. His vocabulary is enriched every day and last week he made his first full sentence ( a real emotional moment). Jaythan said: “Mummy give me the phone”. To my family and I, it is no longer hope but its reality. Thank you very much Emir Foundation for the fantastic job you are doing for my son and our family. We are truly grateful. Roland & Novi.