As a mother of two boys with special needs; my eldest who had significant development delays, and my youngest whom is autistic, I was so thrilled to discover Working With Autism and provide each of my children with the tremendous services it provides. As my older son’s deficits were mainly in expressive and reciprocal language, the therapy teams tailored a program which concentrated on strengthening his communication skills and teaching him how to talk. As he started with WWA when he was about 2 ½ years old, your team had to constantly update and modify his program as he grew and developed.
For approximately 2 ½ years, the dedicated therapists came to our home, visited his preschool, joined us for outings, participated in play dates… all to facilitate and improve his speech and desire to communicate in natural and motivating settings. By the time my son was 5 years old and entered kindergarten, his teacher was unaware that he had ever had been so delayed in his language and communication skills. You opened the flood gates and tapped into what needed to be done and did it. As a result, he ended up attending and being successful at a gifted elementary school and is currently attending high school at an honors humanity magnet. Can you believe it?
My younger son had a similar success story. He had both language delays and social issues. Starting when he was 18 months old, your team of therapists worked with him in the home, at his preschool and shadowed him when he started elementary school, helping him overcome his issues regarding reciprocal communication, socializing with peers, having conversations on un-preferred topics and making eye contact.
With any of these delays, the results can, at times, be gradual. But each of the therapists and supervisors were always so encouraging and positive. With the success of my older son, I knew to trust the process and it ended up changing my younger son’s life and the way he sees and interacts with the world around him. He “graduated” from WWA in first grade and he, too, successfully graduated from a gifted elementary school and is attending an honors magnet for middle school. He has always been in mainstream classes with typical kids and none of his teachers could even guess at his history.
We are so grateful to each of the therapists and supervisors who have worked with our kids. We met so many exceptional, loving and dedicated people through WWA and both of our kids would not be where they are today without each of their help.
- From Debby, parent