This is Scott Walsh Murphy, a past pupil of mine, he is 9 years old and was diagnosed with autism at age 3. This is a picture of him on his Communion day playing the bodhrán in the church.

I started working with Scott at age 3 and was with him for 2 years. He went from strength to strength and I am so proud of him as I am of all the children I have tutored.

When Scott saw my first book “Tony goes Shopping” he read it himself then walked into the kitchen to his Mum and said “Mam I just read Val’s book, isn’t Tony like me”.

His Mum Rachel said to me that reading it herself reminded her of some strategies to put in place when getting Scott to complete a task. I couldn’t have got a better compliment as they both got exactly what I am trying to achieve from these stories where the child has someone to identify with and the parents learn some useful tips.