William was diagnosed with Autism when he was three-years-old. He is extremely sensitive to all stimulation and needed his own space but it was difficult for the family-of-five struggling in a cramped house. DIY SOS team changed their lives and renovated their house giving each kid their own room.
A recent episode of DIY SOS on BBC One was very emotional and beautiful as it showed a father named Martin's tiny two-bedroom home being transformed to help his autistic son. Martin and Heather's son William diagnosed with autism when he was only three years old, it was a massive shock for the family. They used to live in a small two-bedroom house with their three kids, it was very difficult for them especially for their son who is extremely sensitive to all stimulation and needed his own space desperately. Diy SOS changed their lives when the team completely renovated their house and added three more bedrooms, Martin and his family is very thankful and says it has changed their lives.
The family-of-five from Greater Manchester admitted they were struggling in their cramped living space especially their son William who is extremely sensitive to all stimulation and desperately needed his own space in the house. William struggles with noise, he often had to share his room with his younger sister Scarlett. When he was three years old, he was diagnosed with autism that was a shock for the family.
His mom Heather said: “It was like grief, realizing that the dreams you have for your child is not going to be a reality."
“I think because it was so quick, it was a massive shock.”
Martin continued: “You've always got massive ambitions for your son and you know it's not going to be like that.”
William's parents told one of the hardest parts of William’s condition means he is unable to speak.
She said: “He doesn't understand everything that we say, but he clearly has thoughts, he just doesn't have a way to express them.”
Martin is a custody officer, who works for Greater Manchester police and his wife Heather is a part-time psychology student. They spent all their earnings on their two-bedroom house which is not that big for the family of five especially their autistic son. When the DIY SOS team came to help, the family was struggling in the cramped house. The builders did a remarkable transformation of the house and changed their lives
Nick Knowles led a team of volunteers to make the changes in just nine days.
Martin broke down saying: “You've changed our little boy's life. I'll forever be so grateful to all of you.'
“It's amazing what you've done for us, so thank you.”
Heather added: “We just hope we're in a position one day to pay you back.”
Viewers got emotional after seeing this episode of DIY SOS on BBC One.
One said: “Balling my eyes out at DIY SOS.”