CHATTERING away in the school library, book in hand, it's hard to imagine that just two years ago Ethan Brunt couldn't talk, read or write.
Today the six-year-old from Solihull loves nothing more than a good book and a natter thanks to the dedication and perseverance of staff at his school, Greswolde Primary School.
Mum Sarah can hardly believe the difference in her little boy.
The food handling operative at Fowlers Forest Dairy in Earlswood said: "I want to say a massive, massive thank you to everyone at the school particular-ly Mrs Day, Ethan's teacher.
"He went to nursery when he was nearly four and he couldn't talk, read or write. We didn't know why. It was a really bad birth so it may have been that.
"The doctor said he was just a boy and was lazy. I've got three children so I knew something was wrong. His older brother Charlie was doing things at one year-old that Ethan wasn't doing."
With the commitment of Solihull Council's learning support team, Ethan has gone from strength to strength and now joins in family life with dad, Nathan, a signalman and brother and sister Charlie who is eight and Sasha, who is almost four.
His delighted mum can't thank the Buryfield Road school enough. "Greswolde School were fantastic. They got him learning support and speech therapy.
"He's come on in leaps and bounds. He's very vocal now. He puts his hand up now - he is the first in the class to!
"It's working with the school and we set targets together. Most of them he achieves and goes past them."
Praising the dedication and hard work of all parties involved in Ethan's progress, the mum from Redlands road added: "The little boy he is today, I wouldn't have believed it in my wildest dreams."