Thirteen-year-old Renzo has journeyed through the Center’s programs since he was born. He began in Early Steps to address delays in reaching his milestones. Autistic, but highly functioning, the eighth grader now receives support from our ECHO Program.
Renzo can handle basic life skills. Like other teenagers, he’s just beginning to assert his independence. His diagnosis makes this leap into young adulthood trickier, for Renzo and his family. Yet, the turnaround in his behavior and his growth this past year make him a CDTC Hero.
Renzo’s friendships were limited due to his lack of confidence. And, battling weight issues plummeted his confidence further. Feeling isolated from others, he had behavior issues in school. And, his grades suffered.
At home, things weren’t much better. Renzo struggled with family relationships. His Latin family was close knit. But, he wanted space. Mom and Dad were protective and wanted to help him in every way possible. He wanted more freedom.
With counseling and specialty therapies recommended by CDTC, Renzo has turned things around. He’s older and approaching things with a more mature view. And, he’s more responsible. He’s now an A/B student. Focusing on eating healthy has made him thinner. He’s even more conscientious about taking his meds. Mom and Dad have taken advice too, backing away a bit to let him explore newfound independence.
Today, Mom no longer has any complaints about his behavior at home or at school. She’s thrilled with his progress and the new direction in his life. And, so is his CDTC Care Team.
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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