Feel Good Story of the Week: Dance Teaches Girl with Autism to Speak
[The Sun, UK]
MOST parents would not bat an eyelid if their young son or daughter asked them to sit down and watch a DVD together.
But when Katreena Duffin’s autistic daughter Shannon bounded up and asked just this, the mum of three struggled to hold back tears.
For the pretty 12-year-old was mute and had never once started a conversation.
Here, Katreena, 35 – who has recently moved to Swindon with husband Derek, 36, a surveyor, and their other children Paige, six, and Ian, 17 – tells HELEN GILBERT the incredible story of how starring in a dance DVD helped Shannon find a voice.
“SHANNON was born with lots of difficulties. She had no muscle tone and, as a toddler, she did not walk or speak — she could only make noises.
“At 12 months old, she would line pegs up in colour order.
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