Charlie’s Project Presentation

Tuesday, October 16 2018

Here’s an update on our L4Life Alumni, Charlie’s story. Charlie is presenting his school assignment using pretend play, one of the many skills he learnt from his Early Intensive Behavioural Intervention (EIBI) with Learning For Life. 

When Charlie was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder in 2010, he could speak about thirty single words, none of them very clearly and there were certainly no sentences or phrases. Following his diagnosis, Charlie participated in a L4Life home based therapy program from the age of 3 to 6 years. The program changed his life.

Fast forward to 2018 and Charlie is in Year 5 in a mainstream school where he receives amazing support and resources to participate fully in the curriculum with his classmates. This year, Charlie’s class have been learning about Victoria’s past with a specific focus on the gold rush of the 1850’s. The learning unit included a two day camp in 1850’s costume at Sovereign Hill and students were then required to produce a monologue featuring a character they had learned about or created. Charlie worked really hard with his teacher, his aide and his family to produce a monologue featuring his great, great, great, great, great grandfather, Giacomo Pianta, who travelled to Australia from Switzerland for gold. You can watch Charlie’s monologue above.

Charlie’s mum Sue says “Every time I see Charlie achieve a big milestone or project like this one, it reminds me of all of the work L4Life did with Charlie and how that work and investment in him keeps giving us gifts, even years later. The L4Life program gave him those critical language and learning skills to build upon.”