Shelley was referred to the Specialty Applied Behavior Analysis program at Uplift Family Services when she was first diagnosed with autism at the age of four. Due to language delays, she had a hard time verbalizing her feelings, emotions, and needs, and because she was frustrated, she threw frequent tantrums. In addition, while she was very bright and always followed the rules, she lacked any interest in playing with her peers.

Initially, Shelley received speech and occupational therapy, plus 15 hours a week of intensive behavior therapy. Over the years, she has made significant progress, and has become highly verbal and social, initiates and leads her friends in games, and loves to make them laugh. She recently joined a dance group with friends from school, and is down to just a just a few hours a week of therapy!