A year of birds and healing

2013-10-21 00:00

IT was a nightmare that a Pietermaritzburg family tackled with a brave, unorthodox response. Midway through his Grade 9 year, Josh Crickmay (16) had fallen into despair so deep he was unable to go to school. It was a desperate situation requiring drastic action.

Kathy, a former teacher, says Josh’s first Asperger’s diagnosis was rejected at the time by some professionals because he had friends, which is not typical for those with the condition (see box). She’d also worked with children with Asperger’s who didn’t seem like him. But his decline last year was sudden and demanded closer examination. “He had an awesome year in Grade 8 at Grace. He coped, and then all of a sudden — boom!”

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