Dr Fox helps teenager overcome speaking difficulty

Dr Fox and Michael Parradine

Dr Fox and Michael Parradine

First published in Education News News Shopper: Photograph of the Author by , deputy news editor

A 14-YEAR-OLD boy who struggles to speak has been helped to overcome his problems with the help of an unlikely source - Dr Fox.

Michael Parradine, who is a pupil at Eltham Foundation School, is a selective mute and was unable to contribute during lessons or talk to his classmates.

But since joining a club run by the Prince's Trust, he has taken part in a range of activities designed to boost his teamwork and communication skills.

Most recently, he helped create a radio show, winning a competition to visit the studios of stations Kiss and Magic, where he got to meet the wiley old DJ.

He said: "Working on the radio show was the first time I had to speak up in front of my peers and it felt fantastic when I was able to read the script aloud.

"I'd been looking forward to visiting the Magic and Kiss studio for months."

Michael now hopes to complete his GCSEs and fulfil his ambition of becoming a police officer.

To find out more about the charity visit princestrust.org.uk

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