Frank started with WWA when he was two years old. He had very little language, poor eye contact and multiple repetitive behaviors. He was your poster child for autism.
Today Frank is a happy twelve year old who is mainstreamed, plays basketball at the YMCA, is a boy scout and plays both the piano and violin. He recently made the advanced orchestra at his middle school and we couldn’t be more proud. Although they are his accomplishments, none of them would have been possible without all the efforts of his WWA therapists.
His therapists were the ones to get him to sit through his piano lessons by working with both him and his piano teacher. If I didn’t have WWA, I don’t think he would have lasted in piano for more than a few weeks. Now music is one of his great loves and it gives him so much confidence.
He also enjoys teams sports because of WWA. Frank was really lucky to have two male therapists who worked hard on his sports skill. His father and the therapists worked to get him to play ball, roller-skate and ride a bike. His therapists would shadow him at the YMCA in first and second grade and helped him pay attention and perfect his shot.
The reason Frank is a Boy Scout today is because of his therapist Lorne, who encourage me in so many areas but the one that reasonates today is that he is still a boy scout. Lorne told me that Frank would love to be involved in an organization that gave out badges – and it is so true. He loves Boy Scouts and I would never have thought to do this if it wasn’t for Lorne. WWA therapist also shadowed Frank during his first year as a cub scout.
WWA also worked with his school aide in many different areas. They helped shape her into a great aide that was able to help Frank at school when needed but stand back as much as possible.
His therapists treated him like a real person not just a subject matter they worked with. They really cared about him and his outcome. They were our biggest cheerleaders.
- Jeanne, the mother of Frank
“The growth we have seen in my son since beginning work with WWA has been exponential. He went from a one-word labeling machine to full sentence structure and the ability to express his feelings and needs. I was concerned about having someone in our home 3 days a week, but our therapists have become like members of the family, as they obviously care so much about my child and his continued success. I have seen my son go from a tantrumming scream-machine, to a child who can tell me WHY he’s upset and what he wants. THIS. IS. HUGE. And has changed our whole family dynamic for the better. Thanks so much WWA!”
- Dawn, the mother of Ben