Azizjon slowly climbs on top the trampoline, grabs the hand of his teacher and immediately starts bouncing. This is one of his favorite activities! The joy on his face lights up the entire room. His teacher laughs and laughs with him as he bounces higher and higher.
Azizjon first started attending our All About Children programme a few years ago as a four-year old.
“He was a very quiet, withdrawn boy. He would not interact with anyone. He always ‘stayed in his own world.’ We now know that he has autism. When he first came he would cry and cry and want to go home; he did not want to be here,” explained one of the staff.
He began attending the center twice a week for two hours and through play, games, and stimulating exercises, Azizjon started to come out of his shell and interact with others. Now, he is six years old and he comes every day to the center. Before he would never sit or listen, but now he obeys the teachers, and sits and listens quietly. He is able to follow the schedule and does not interrupt the class. He participates with the other students in all the activities - lessons, playing, eating, and nap time. Playing with the other children is now part of his world. Azizjon has come a long way in just two years, and we have hope that he will continue to improve as he interacts with the teachers and students at All About Children. Social services for children with autism are limited in Tajikistan, and we are thankful that we can provide services to some children and their parents, growing their hope for the future.