Portraits of Hope – Maddy

MADDY’S portrait of hope

DIAGNOSIS: Autism Spectrum Disorder
AGE AT DIAGNOSIS: 2 years and 1 month
BEGAN SERVICES WITH CARD: Began using Skills in November 2010 at 2.5 years old
MAJOR MILESTONES: We started our ABA program in September and in October, she reached out and asked me to hold her hand. I knew then. She would never let anyone hold her hand let alone ask for it! Her tiny little voice said to me after an ABA session, “Hold hand” and she slipped her hand into mine. I knew ABA was working.
MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTS: Maddy is 5 years old now and she is in Kindergarten. She spent the last 2 years mainstreamed in preschool.
HOBBIES AND ACTIVITIES: Dress up! Maddy loves to play dress up and she loves to be Disney’s Belle! She also loves Polly Pockets and My Little Ponies! She is a very social child so she loves to playgrounds! She finds a new friend at every single one of them. In the winter, she goes dog sledding with our family.