A SCHOOLBOY is leading a campaign to educate his peers about autism to help them better understand aspects of his behaviour.
Joseph Houldey, nine, was diagnosed with high functioning Asperger’s Syndrome when he was four and volunteered to stand up in front of assembly at Millbrook School, Grove to speak to 300 children about his condition, as part of events for Autism Awareness Week last month.
Mum Katheryn, 40, who has also started an informal support group for other parents of autistic children, said: “We wanted to arrange something that would help raise awareness and we approached the school.
“Joseph said he wanted to stand up and tell everybody how he feels so the teachers helped him to prepare and deliver a speech which he did very confidently.
“All the other students were captivated while he was talking.
“I think it helps them understand a bit more about his behaviour and will make it easier for him in the future.”
Mrs Houldey, who also works at the school in the nursery, is planning a fundraising event on April 23 when a stall will be held in the playground and stickers and balloons given away in aid of the National Autistic Society.