Meet the cat helping a boy with selective mutism

Help

A boy who has the condition selective mutism, which inhibits his ability to communicate, has been helped by the family cat.

Lorcan Dillon's life has been transformed by Jessi-Cat, who he speaks more freely with, improving his confidence at home and school.

Lorcan's mother Jayne and brother Luke praised the feline friend, who has received two awards for her contribution.

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.