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Charlene Woracker

Charlene Woracker

Name: Charlene Woracker
Age: 25
Year of the Fix: 2016
Location: Sheffield, Yorkshire
Campaign: To help parents of children with special needs to feel less isolated

I had my first son, Leyton, when I was 18 and then I had my second son, Joshua, at 20.

 

As a young mum, and a single mum, it’s hard work. But the most difficult part is that Joshua has autism.

 

When he was diagnosed, all I got was a leaflet about the condition.  I didn’t know where to turn for support, and often felt very isolated trying to deal with it.

 

The most helpful thing is hearing the stories of other parents going through a similar thing. This gives you a sense of normality and that you’re not in it alone.

 

I’m now writing a book about my experiences with Joshua and I'm encouraging other parents of children with special needs to share their stories too. 

I would like to thank Karen Hoe from Contact a Family for providing an interview for the ITV news story.

 

I would like to thank mums Emily Morgan, Tina Medlock and Harriet Blake for sharing their parenting experiences with me.

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