Sad story of lonely parakeet living in Swansea's Singleton Park - where none of the other birds will make friends with it.
I was immediately drawn to this story as it instantly reminded me of my Ryan. No I don't think he looks like a parrot, as gorgeous looking as both of them are, but I do understand how isolated he feels and up till recently how lonely he has been for most of his life.
Ryan's autism has caused him to be excluded from the 'flock'. He has been the 'odd one out', desperately trying to fit in and make friends but never quite managing it. Certainly not through primary school.
Iolo's description is so nice to hear. Smart birds, really smart. Just like Ryan, but even with an exceptional IQ for his age the ability to convert that intelligence to be able to make social inclusion work for him proves so incredibly difficult. Showing just how complex the unspoken rules of society are. The non-verbal rules the majority of us simply take for granted.
Fortunately Ryan is now well into his 2nd year of secondary education in a very good school where he is well supported and he has finally managed to secure himself a small group of friends that have accepted him for who he is where he is learning the social rules and complex nature of maintaining friendships.
He is often on Skype outside of school now chatting with his friends and they play online games via Xbox, PCs and Laptops. So as much as we complain about technology and the isolation they in themselves can cause to children, they are in fact a life line to Ryan's ability to integrate socially.