Tom's Story

Alienated, Confidence, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Speech

For the first time since Tom started school four years ago I am not worried about his future, this is huge for me as a mother.

Tom started school with the teachers unable to understand him due to his speech. He had no friends as he couldn't interact with other children despite having an older brother and younger sister. After a few weeks the school identified his problems as the result of Dyslexia and Dyspraxia.

A friend introduced me to The Sunflower Trust and I knew had to get Tom on the programme so I booked an appointment with Clive in Oxford. He said that he thought that he could help him.

Tom started The Sunflower Programme which is a course of 10-12 different sessions which act like building blocks to create a happier child, from "bone crunching", as Tom called it, to cranial osteopathy. I watched Tom's body go from weak and floppy when holding a pen and paper to strong and confident after the treatment holding the same pen and paper.

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Tom had his own 'mantra', which he called his 'magic spell' which gave him strength, calmness, confidence and happiness and he said it to himself in times of need.

I can never thank Clive and The Sunflower Trust enough for giving me my son back. I took Tom and my other two children to an Art Gallery Workshop last week. We (children and adults) were invited to look around the gallery and then come back and share our thoughts. The exhibition was of paintings of different sizes of circles going around and around on each other. Tom's hand was the first go up – in a loud confident voice Tom said "I think it is a young boy on his bike going round and round and the circles are the stories of his life". The whole room was amazed by an eight year old's perception of life.

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