Melissa’s pediatrician recommended that she participate in the Early Steps Program when she was 18 months old. He was concerned about her communication skills and possible autism. Her parents shared at intake that she was not using any words to communicate and she subsequently did receive an autism diagnosis from her neurologist.
Melissa received a variety of Early Steps services including speech, occupational and physical therapy as well as early intervention sessions with an Infant Toddler Developmental Specialist.
The 2 ½ year old child the intervention team saw at her recent Individualized Family Support Plan meeting was a completely different child than was seen at Clinic upon intake. Melissa now imitates sounds and words, uses gestures on her own to communicate, has significantly decreased sensory seeking behaviors, is smiling a lot more and is much more engaging than before.
Melissa’s mother is very thankful for the guidance and support Early Steps provided to the family. In addition, her mother is appreciative of the understanding she now has regarding Melissa’s special needs.
Her Infant Toddler Developmental Specialist and therapists have done an amazing job in helping Melissa blossom as she continues to learn many new skills and reach new developmental milestones. Melissa is definitely an Early Steps hero as she is breaking barriers every day with the support of her proactive family and her excellent early intervention team.
*pictured above: Melissa & her Early Steps Service Coordinator Riane.
About our Hero of the Month
Each month, CDTC staff nominate one of our children as our Hero of the Month. These special boys and girls are heroes in our eyes. They show strength, perseverance, determination and a positive outlook while facing great challenges.
Their stories are powerful and heartwarming and reflect the impact CDTC and you, our community, has on their daily lives.
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