Huge CONGRATULATIONS to Tom who was nominated by Wyfold Riding for the Disabled as a Young Achiever!
Appearing in the Peppard News, Tom said ‘Riding makes me feel relaxed and very happy and it makes me feel better about myself’.
His mum Rachel says; ‘It gives me piece of mind that Tom is progressing within a sporting field. Wyfold RDA has been fantastic for him and all involved have been very important for his confidence building and achieving his grades has been very good for him.’ When Tom was six years old he was diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome and a year later with ADHD. Tom became very unhappy and found school very difficult and felt that he was good at nothing; his behaviour became challenging and his family were struggling to cope. Tom’s family searched for a solution and found him a place at Beech Lodge School in Hurley which Tom’s mum describes as ‘a lifesaver’. The school diagnosed severe dyslexia, dyspraxia, sensory processing disorder and mood and anxiety disorder – he has to take medication to help him deal with his problems.
From being a boy that wouldn’t pick up a pencil and wanted to stay under a blanket, Tom is making great progress and is known at school for his motivational speaking and also for helping to encourage other pupils with similar problems. His mum says ‘Tom still finds doing everyday things a struggle and still prefers to be at home and on his own and life can be a roller coaster but we are immensely proud of him and he has progressed and achieved far more than we ever thought he could do.’ Tom really is a Young Achiever by Gill Rushworth, Wyfold RDA
To see Tom’s Photo and read the full article in Peppard News click Here