A bartender from Whitby is launching a book of poetry to help children who find it difficult to communicate.
Dean Devonport, who works at The Resolution Hotel on Skinner Street, has produced Words For Words, a poetry book that carries the same name as the charity he established with his wife, Amy.
The couple have acute knowledge of children with difficulties communicating as their four-year-old son Charlie has autism.
“Charlie’s main struggle is with communication, he’s pre-verbal,” said Dean. “But he has now got all the help he needs as he’s at school and he’s thriving. But there’s so many kids being left behind.”
Dean explained that there are very little facilities available for children with additional needs in the Whitby area.
Things are even harder for undiagnosed children and so Dean said he hopes the book gives other parents an insight into his family’s experiences, allowing it to help others in a similar situation.
Some give an insight into what children with autism go through on a day to day basis, while others are pure fantasy and are intended to encourage the children to use their imagination. The use of rhythm also makes it easier for children to pick up on words and sentence structure.