Pete and John – an uplifting story


John has been attending MyTime at Fremantle weekly since it’s conception in Term 2 in 2019. Pete started attending MyTime at Joondalup towards the end of Term 3 in 2019.

A couple of days after Pete attended Joondalup, Ben Jones (Parent Support Facilitator – Early Intervention)  received a message on Facebook from John saying “I heard Pete came to the Joondalup session on Saturday” and Ben naturally assumed that they knew each other but what happened next goes to show what a small world it is.

John and Pete work for the same company, not only that, they sit only 3 desks apart from one another!

Pete had joined the Perth Autism Dad’s Support group on Facebook, had seen John’s interactions on the page and on Monday at work invited John into a meeting room to have a chat. During that chat John and Pete were able to exchange information about their situation which covered diagnosis, therapy, strategies, the MyTime group and the Autism Association.

John and Pete both communicate at work via Skype when they want to chat or they grab a coffee and go for a walk.

“It’s a very uplifting story, the fact that these two work colleagues, who have an established (professional) bond can now check in with each other on a daily basis at work with their highs, lows and everything in between.” said Ben Jones. 

If you are a Dad to a child with Autism (or going through the diagnosis stage) you can access the MyTime groups and Facebook group here:  

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