A Project Celebrating Differences and Triumphs
Evan is Beautifully Different
Meet Evan. One of the sweetest, handsomest, most amazing kids I have met! Shortly after Evan turned 3, he was diagnosed with Moderate Autism Spectrum Disorder. Children with Moderate Autism Spectrum Disorder can communicate verbally, but not at their age level. Though Evan’s language skills are compromised, he can use words to communicate his needs, wants, etc very well! You can often hear him Stimming and scripting in order to self regulate. He likes to visually, vocally and physically stim as it helps him cope with his environment. (The term “stimming” is short for self-stimulatory behavior and is sometimes also called “stereotypical” behavior. In a person with autism, stimming usually refers to specific behaviors that include hand- flapping, rocking, spinning, or repetition of words and phrases.)
Evan has an amazing supportive team and fantastic Special Needs teacher. He also receives Occupational, Speech, Feeding, and Behavioral therapy. Evan struggles in areas of developmental domains which include: feeding, dressing, small/large motor skills, speech, communication and sensory processing. His day typically includes visual schedules. Evan fears new places and change, even the smallest change in schedule can result in severe anxiety.
Evan is More than Autism!
Evan loves jumping on his trampoline, swinging in his therapy swing, going to the park, and snuggling! He loves the movie Monsters Inc. and snacking on popcorn. Evan is surrounded by his family, friends, and teachers who love him dearly and see beyond the diagnosis. Evan is a very gentle, loving, and affectionate individual. He loves attention and hugs! (I even got a hug before he left the studio!) His Mom says he has has taught them more about the world than anyone else, and he brings such joy to them! Even has been through a lot in his short 7 years, he has persevered though all of it. He is strong, he is determined, and he is tenacious!
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