Cameron's Story

Posted on 6 April 2018
Cameron's Story

Cameron was diagnosed with moderate autism at 2 years and 4 months. Cameron was non-verbal and sensory sensitive. He would be extremely picky with his food, having a very limited diet. He hated wearing clothes and shoes, very often spending his days naked (inside the house) and constantly absconding from home or preschool. During his primary years, Cameron (and his teachers) struggled with keeping him on task and in the classroom. Several times, police were called to a private residence because Cameron was naked in their water feature in their front yard.

Cameron was non-verbal throughout his primary school years. During his high school years, he bloomed and flourished. He began wearing his clothes for the whole day!!!! His speech improved in leaps and bounds and he became extremely sociable with all of his 'friends' at school which included every student in all years. Cameron became very popular with all students and teachers and he found a place where he was happy to be. As he matured, Cameron wanted to do things for himself and be more self-sufficient. He didn't as yet have the skills to be independent but it was clear that this is what Cameron wanted. His school arranged a work experience program with Thorndale, and this helped Cameron feel more grown up, independent and useful, being able to achieve tasks which were given to him.

By the end of year 12, Cameron did not want to leave his school where he was so happy. Trying to explain that there was no more school, but he went to work now was not making him any happier about leaving school. The turning point was when we took a trip to Kmart and bought him his new hi-vis work clothing . Now he had his work uniform, he was keen to start work. Thorndale was so accommodating to his family, making Cameron's start at work so relaxed and easy.

Consequently, Cameron has settled in to the working life smoothly and loves going to work at Thorndale as much as he loved his high school. He is now able to independently travel to work using public transport and is now able to appropriately answer questions asked of him; as Thorndale staff have been working on this with him.

"I highly recommend Thorndale as a workplace and commend them on their professionalism, compassion for their clients and their helpfulness to families turning to them for assistance".

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Local Business Award Finalists!

Posted on 6 April 2018
Local Business Award Finalists!
We are extremely excited to announce that we have made it to the Local Business Awards finalist stage for the second year in a row!

A very big thank you to everyone who voted for us, we really appreciate all your continued support.

It's now off to the finals!!
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THORNDALE CONNECT

Posted on 4 April 2018
THORNDALE CONNECT

Keeping families connected and up to date with the latest achievements, activities and stories.

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Billy's Story

Posted on 2 April 2018
Billy's Story
This story started many years ago, when a young boy Billy first walked the halls of Thorndale. Billy is now a 54 year old man and still very much part of Thorndale. His mother Brenda, was one of the original parents of the foundation and also a long standing volunteer. Brenda sadly passed away in 2013. In 2016 a vacancy became available in one of Thorndale's new group homes we were pleased to be able to offer him his very own room with friends that he had known for years. Billy settled nicely into his new home. We were delighted that the transition from his family home to Thorndale seemed very smooth. He now enjoys visiting his family and returns to his own home after visiting family and friends as we all do. Billy is making progress, he is building on being more involved in his self care and personal skills, is learning to participate in general household tasks and enjoys a number of activities throughout the week. Billy is a true gentleman, he holds doors open for you and will always put his arm out and say "after you". He will always ask "can I help you?". Billy is very social and loves to chat , he has a beautiful smile and is always happy. Billy loves to go for a walk with his sister and their dog regularly on a Sunday and he likes to go to the club with his sister to play darts. He likes to watch old shows and movies, his laugh is infectious when he is watching the comedies with his housemates. Billy loves to colour in, listen to music, spend time with the staff and his house buddies as well as watch his favourite football team "The Panthers". Billy also attends Thorndale's Leisure, Living and Life Skills program where he loves to sing and play music. Billy also loves trains, picnics and going into Sydney and would love to have a picnic in Botanical Gardens very soon.
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