Success Story: Peyton
I wanted to let you know how much our family truly appreciates Friendship. Our daughter attended Friendship in Siloam Springs for about 9 months and during that time we watched our lives change day by day. When Peyton started at Friendship she would only squeal and wasn't walking, now she talks constantly we still don't walk much because we are busy running! The staff at Friendship put their heart and soul into our daughter and because of that she no longer qualifies and is now attending a preschool. Thank you so much! I will sing your praises forever!!!
-Sarah ScrogginsSuccess Story: Colton
Colton came to MiChild West in late September of 2009 with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. He started at the age of 2 ½ . Colton did not have very many functional skills. He made very little eye contact and stayed dysregulated most of the time, crying and wanting adult comfort. He would not interact with toys or people in a purposeful way. He is now able to make eye contact with people and interact with his surroundings. In the last month, he has begun to play with toys functionally and purposefully. He now tolerates hand-over-hand assistance when completing tasks such as building a tower of cubes and feeding himself. He is now being transitioned into eating more solid foods and is tolerating this well. Though still non-verbal, Colton is finding ways to better communicate every day. His vocalizations and gestures have increased, and he is beginning to functionally use his picture schedule with hand-over-hand assistance. Amber, Colton's mother, said, "He is beginning to show understanding of what is asked of him at home and is better able to communicate his wants and needs. Colton seems to be less frustrated than he used to be when trying to complete tasks and communicate." She and Danny, Colton's father, "are very pleased with the progress Colton is making at MiChild West."
I know we have not begun to reach Colton's full potential, but with his parents, teachers, and therapists using a specialized approach and the TEACH method, we are well on our way!Success Story: Cheryl
Cheryl Clark started attending classes at Arkansas Beauty College last year because she said she really wanted to do something better for herself. We are pleased to announce that she graduated on July 2nd this year. She took her practical examination in August and received a passing score of 89%. She also took her written exam on September 24, 2010 and received a passing score then too. She now has her license to practice cosmetology in the State of Arkansas! We are very proud of Cheryl for this accomplishment. She has inspired others to begin the process of pursuing their educational goals through her statement, "If I can do it, anybody can do it."