The World Cup is not a good idea.
For the first time in modern history, a young boy has been unable to speak English.
And he’s only a few years old.
The boy, named Joshua, has been diagnosed with autism, a neurodevelopmental disorder which can cause difficulties with social interaction and communication.
Joshua is now eight years old and his parents are struggling to keep up with his demands.
They have no income and have no way to get him the medical attention he needs.
In June, Joshua underwent a major operation on his left hand to repair a fracture and then he was admitted to hospital.
He has had no physical therapy for six months and his mother is struggling to find a place for him to live.
In order to get Joshua to start his schooling, the family of Dr Carlo Gazzaniga and his team have had to do a lot of fundraising, raising €15,000 for him.
Gazzanigas is a neuroscientist and the father of a son with autism.
He believes that his treatment of Joshua has saved the life of the young boy.
“If it hadn’t been for Joshua, we wouldn’t have been able to do the surgery and also to have him in the hospital for so long,” he told BBC Radio 5 live.
Grosso said that when he was looking for a place to care for Joshua the doctors recommended the family move to a town near where they were, but they were reluctant because it’s close to the Italian city of Milan.
“When we asked the doctors if we could stay with the family, they said no.
They said that if we wanted to go to Milan, we needed to pay a lot more,” he said.”
But we have a small child, so we agreed.”
Grosso and his wife had no money and the doctors refused to pay for the treatment.
“We couldn’t find any kind of accommodation.
We had to move with our two young children,” he explained.”
I don’t want to make it sound like I’m selfish, but we didn’t have money.
We are really lucky that we have this money, but if we had not had this, we would not be able to afford Joshua’s treatment.”
Joshua is one of thousands of children with autism around the world who struggle to learn English.
His mother, who is Italian, told us she does not speak English, which has led to a number of problems with Joshua’s communication.
“He has a very difficult time speaking English because he does not have words, and it’s difficult for him because he is unable to comprehend what the words mean,” she said.
Gana said that Joshua is an example of a child who is struggling with language learning and learning to read and write.
“In our house, he is reading the book, but when he sees the words in the book he doesn’t understand them,” Gana said.
He said that in the last five years, Joshua has also lost his ability to read letters, even though he is a native speaker.
“Every day he loses his ability.
He can’t understand anything,” he added.”
For a six-year-old, he’s losing his language, his language learning, his ability and he’s having trouble with everything.”
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), around one in 10 children in the world have an autism spectrum disorder, which means that they have limited social interaction, communication and language.
Children with autism are also at increased risk of social isolation and psychological problems, including anxiety and depression.
The World Health Organization estimates that up to 90% of children diagnosed with an autism disorder in the developing world are considered to have some form of learning disability.
Despite the difficulty in getting Joshua to school, Grosso said he is determined to help Joshua find a new way of life.
“It’s not about Joshua’s school, it’s about Joshua finding his place, finding his language,” he insisted.
“Joshua needs to learn to read, but he needs to start with writing.”
Gazzans parents have also set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for Joshua.
They are also seeking the help of a local newspaper to cover the costs of the surgery, the care of the baby and other medical expenses.
“His parents are in financial difficulties and need to help,” Grosso explained.
“They don’t have the money for this, so they are asking for help from the community.”
Hopefully, the newspaper will help us raise some money.
“The parents hope that the support of the public will help them cover the cost of Joshua’s surgery and the care he needs during the months before he is able to enter kindergarten.
Joshua will also have to learn how to read again, but the family says they are hopeful that with the help they have, he will be able.