Logan is joining in and making progress

Logan is a beautiful little boy, with a heart-melting smile. Like other kids, he loves playing on his iPad and watching videos, but his favourite toys are his cars.

When we first spoke with Logan’s mum, Rebecca, their family was exhausted. Every day they battled with stress, tears and worry. Logan wasn’t reaching certain milestones and Rebecca felt they weren’t making any progress.

Logan has autism, a lifelong developmental disorder, which affects how his brain processes information.

“Seeing him struggle is the hardest, especially when he has a meltdown. I know that his brain works differently and he can’t understand what he is feeling or why something is happening, which must be horrible. I wish I could just get into his head and take that feeling away, but I can’t. I can only watch him go through it and wait,” Rebecca says.

When Logan was diagnosed at two years old, Rebecca says she knew it was coming. It was made clearer because Logan is a twin.

At an early age, Logan was developing differently than his twin brother, Samuel.

“I noticed that he didn’t like playing with his brothers and sisters. He didn’t respond to his name or look people in the eye. I’d also find him lining up cars. If I moved one out of place he would put it back in order,” Rebecca says.

As Logan has grown, the differences have become greater. Logan needs help getting dressed, bathing, eating and, as he is still in nappies, he needs someone to change him.

Logan is also very sensitive to sound and touch.

“He has tactile issues and there are certain things he won’t touch – shaving cream, for instance. He is also very particular about food and won’t touch fruit or vegetables. If I try to get him to eat something he doesn’t want to, he will just shut down and not eat all together,” Rebecca says.

“I worry about his health.”

Logan needs extra help to do the things other children his age are able to do. He can get there, but he needs support.

Please consider a donation to provide the specialised services Logan needs to develop his skills. We don’t want him to get left behind. I’m sure you don’t either.

Rebecca and Daniel, Logan’s parents, worry about him not having the same opportunities as his siblings if he doesn’t get the support he needs now.

They are doing everything they can at home, but to get the most out of life, Logan needs professional support – and with your help, Minda can be there for him.

“I met with Jo from Minda’s Disability Choices and we talked about what Logan needs help with and goals for his future. She also helped me to access funding from the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), which she didn’t have to do, but I am so grateful because there were so many things to take care of,” Rebecca says.

“When I received a plan, I called Jo and she booked me in for therapies straight away. It’s been non-stop since then.”

The purpose of the NDIS is to provide people with disability with the reasonable and necessary supports they need to live an ordinary life, but at Minda we believe that an ordinary life is not enough. For Minda it means going beyond the NDIS requirement – we want to give people with disability the opportunity to live extraordinary lives.

Logan accesses services via Minda’s northern office and attends weekly exercise physiology, occupational therapy and psychology. It is only early days, but he is making amazing progress.

One of the main symptoms of autism is difficulty with social interaction. Logan is usually very withdrawn from other children – he will just pick up his things and move as far away as possible.

“At lunchtime, a School Support Officer (SSO) would walk around with him at all times. But, with Minda, Logan is learning how to cope better and is becoming friendlier with other children. Now, the SSO is standing to the side, watching Logan play – he has friends! That is a massive leap. He doesn’t feel restricted anymore,” Rebecca says.

Can you imagine the joy of seeing your little one finally joining in and being accepted by his peers?

Although Logan can shy away from people, he is also certainly capable of feeling loneliness. With your help, he is learning how to cope in situations he is typically uncomfortable with and develop his social skills to live a more fulfilling life.

With a donation you can be there for Logan, helping him to learn, grow and break down his barriers.

Logan does receive some funding, but your generosity will help with the specialised equipment and resources required to make sure children like Logan get the best support possible.

Rebecca and Daniel are relieved now that they have strategies to put in place at home. They say Logan is having fewer meltdowns and the whole family is benefiting.

“We aren’t winging it anymore or coming up with conflicting ideas. We have professionals to tell us what to try in certain situations and we don’t argue with each other about it anymore. We now have time to do fun stuff with our children,” Rebecca says.

Logan has only been with Minda for a short time, but already we have seen great improvement. Not only is Logan learning and developing new skills, but his brothers and sister now have a happier home and more time with their parents. This is the difference you are making with your donations.

Without your generosity, we would not have such high quality services available in Logan’s area. Logan’s family would not have had the advice, support and guidance to be where they are today.

“If we didn’t have support from Minda, we wouldn’t have made any progress. Now, I feel comforted knowing that my little boy is in good hands. He is getting the help he needs and I know that Minda will always be there for us,” Rebecca says.

With your help, Logan will have access to opportunities throughout his life to learn, develop and have fun.

Please will you help children like Logan again this year with a donation today?

You can make a huge difference in the life of someone with disability, empowering them to live independent lives of their choosing.

“I know that my other children are going to be ok. They’re not going to be discriminated against getting what they want from life. I’m worried that people will limit Logan because he has autism – he can do anything, it’s just going to take a little more work,” Rebecca says.