Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Family's Joy at Huge Improvement in Rhys

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Family's Joy at Huge Improvement in Rhys

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FOUR-year-old Rhys Best can't talk, still wears a nappy and needs to be spoon fed.

The little boy started walking just last year ( around the same time he smiled at his family for the first time.

Rhys was diagnosed as autistic when he was two-and-a-half.

But his parents ( Denise, 39, and Paul, 34 ( knew something was wrong long before that. "I've got three other children," said Denise. "So I just knew there was something different about Rhys. We noticed he had unusual eye movement when he was about six months, which is typical of children with autism, but it took a long time to get him diagnosed."

Denise never leaves the house with Rhys alone because even a simple trip to the shops can be difficult. "He's okay if we're on the move," she said. "But, as soon as we stop, he starts screaming. Passers by look at us like I can't control my child, and I want to tell them he has autism, but then I think `Why should I? …

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