Zoe is just 10 years old. She loved school and was a keen reader, practicing each night by reading stories to her younger sister and brother. Her mum and dad were so proud of her.
But things didn’t go as planned for Zoe’s family. Zoe’s dad suffered a stroke and was unable to return to his job. It fell to Zoe’s mother to care for her husband and her children. But without her husband’s income the family was unable to meet their rent and bill payments. The load was simply too much for Zoe’s mum. Overwhelmed and isolated she slipped into depression. And as she declined so did Zoe... Read more of Zoe's story
A Benevolent Society case worker was assigned to work with Scotty and they found him displaying signs of being under high stress. He was unusually aware and cautious of the people entering or leaving a room. He was easily startled by noises like a loud car driving past and often withdrew from social interactions with caregivers and other children by running away to his mother. Scotty didn’t make attempts to talk like other children his age and disturbingly, he had learnt how to cry without making a sound. Read more of Scotty's story
Instead of learning to interact, talk and play like other children his age, Scotty’s brain focused on survival.