Leo was referred to the Specialty Applied Behavior Analysis program at Uplift Family Services when he was first diagnosed with autism.

At four years of age, Leo used single words to communicate, engaged in repetitive play, and struggled with eye contact. He refused to play with his peers, isolated himself from his parents, and also required intensive supervision, as he would engage in dangerous behaviors, such as climbing and running away.

Initially, Leo protested and cried throughout therapy, and Leo’s parents felt extremely overwhelmed. However, his therapists and program supervisor eventually persevered, and one year later, Leo can communicate in sentences, plays cooperatively with peers, and can play independently and safely.

Though his parents continue to be very engaged in parent training, service hours for Leo have been reduced, and they are all set to graduate from the program in the next couple months!