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Charlotte now 22 years old was diagnosed with atypical autism at 3 years old and a moderate learning disability. Her prognosis was very poor and doctors expected her to remain non-verbal. This all changed when she was 5 years old while watching Sleeping Beauty and she began to sing!
Her mother Jane rushed downstairs not believing what she was hearing. Charlotte had found her voice through her love of Disney. Her mum shared even at 5 years old she showed determination to succeed.
Charlotte attended a mainstream primary school with an autistic unit attached to it and thrived. However mainstream secondary school was a disaster for her. Bullied and ridiculed by other pupils she began to regress, showing behaviours that hadn’t been displayed for many years.
Her parents decided to move away from London and went to Essex so that Charlotte could attend a specialist provision. It was here that her deputy head teacher noticed her talent for singing. He wrote a song for her and this was recorded and was used as a school anthem.
Please watch this amazing video of Charlotte singing for VE Day – created by our patron Russell Wiggins:
Confidence soaring Charlotte began to form relationships with her peers, her social skills were improving and importantly she wanted to communicate.
Charlotte’s confidence has increased ten fold and her dream is now to be a famous singer.