After patience, time, the right approach, and a lot of hard work, there’s nothing more rewarding than seeing a child empowered by real progress.
All of the small victories accomplished along the way are pieces of the bigger puzzle, and that got us thinking, Why not celebrate and share those progress pieces too? So that’s exactly what we’re doing!
And it’s not just our kiddos who are empowered with progress – our team members feel the benefits personally & professionally!
1) “Oh hi!”
I work with a 3-year-old girl who almost never talks, although she will occasionally script words on her own. She struggled for a long time with social referencing and rarely made eye contact or greeted others. She would happily play in her own world instead. The other day I went into the basement therapy room where she was working (she wasn’t expecting me and didn’t hear me come in). I said hi to the therapist and my client immediately turned, made eye contact with me, and said “Oh! Hi!” It was the first time any of us had ever heard a spontaneous verbal greeting from her! –Jennifer R.
2) Leaps of progress
I work with a young girl that is nonverbal. She is taking to ABA very well and has made leaps of progress in just a short time. She is now using the bathroom independently and is eager to attempt any word verbally with a vocal approximation — and they improve almost every day! She has learned some simple signs to request for things instead of tantruming, and transitions from preferred tasks that were very difficult before are now no big deal. -Michelle C.
One of my clients is seven, and we have been working on increasing his verbal language. He started with very limited to no verbal language and is now requesting for items more independently (to go to the bathroom, get a snack, etc.), is reading sight words independently, and is also starting to read short sentences in books. We are also working on greetings and when I walked in yesterday he said, “Hi, Duskin!” He says the other therapists’ names as well. He’s improving so much! -Dustin H.
**These statements (solicited from AHSS staff) represent a quick snapshot of a moment in time. Each child with autism is unique and on their own journey. Your child’s journey will be different than any other child’s, including those depicted here. If you would like more information on the progress possible for your child, please call 844-AHSS-ABA.
We love sharing progress pieces from our team! We invite you to share yours as well & embrace the positivity!