Patricia Kasongo is a single mother of two children with autism. She has certainly faced many obstacles. A month after her husband passed away from bowel cancer, she got the diagnosis that her son, Nathan (then aged three), had autism.

“I didn’t know anything about autism or what to do. I certainly did not have any strategies to make his life or my life easier.” 

With no family living in Melbourne, Patricia started seeking support from a parents group of other children with autism, and a local carers group. Soon after, she started working with a key support worker from Scope.

"Before I used to think that if I took Nathan and Nyota to all different types of therapists, that would be enough to help them, Scope helped me realise that was not the case."

For Patricia, her children’s diagnosis has opened up a world of opportunity for her. Whilst being the primary carer of her two children, Patricia has earned a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and is planning on working with other children with autism.

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