SOCIALISATION has always been a difficult task for young Alex Lynde, who has endured much.
Alex, 6, has had open heart surgery, social and physiological challenges due to autism, and a diagnosis of neurofibromatosis (NF), a degenerative condition causing benign tumours to grow around his nerve cells.
However, just recently, Alex's mother Shelly was told by his support worker that a little boy in his class had asked to play with him at school.
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Shelly has the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to thank for her son's newfound confidence as Alex now has funding for support services that the Lynde family struggled to afford.
"He needed that one-on-one attention, but weekly speech therapy, occupational therapy and physiotherapy was like having a second mortgage," Shelly said.
Now Alex has an NDIS support plan which includes weekly speech therapy, occupational therapy and a continence nurse to help with toileting. All this with the aim to keep him in a mainstream classroom.