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A Tribute to Debbie Leas

Debbie Leas It is with much sadness that we write that Debbie Leas, a previous leader of Easter Seals Washington’s Child Development programs, passed away on January 7th following a battle with cancer. Her impact on our child development programs and our organization as a whole was profound, and her commitment to our mission was inspirational.
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Dillon's Big Day

Dillon OPAC Spotlight For children with autism, sometimes facing the unknown can be their biggest challenge. New people, new places, and new experiences can be frightening and lead to outbursts. That is just what one of our learners from the Olympic Peninsula Autism Center (OPAC) faced recently.
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Dylan's Breakthrough at Growing Years CDC

Dylan Spotlight From having outburst and tantrums to being a leader in the classroom; Dylan's progress at our Easterseals Growing Years has been remarkable. Dylan has been at Easter Seals Washington’s Growing Years Child Development Center since he was a toddler. As he got older and moved into preschool he started developing issues with anger and frustration that led to outbursts and tantrums. Suspecting Dylan may be battling something like a Sensory Processing Disorder or Autism Spectrum Disorder, the teachers and leadership team at Growing Years worked closely with Dylan’s family and outside resources to get him the assistance he needed. His progress since has been amazing.
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Kirian's Autism Center Breakthrough

Kirian OPAC Spotlight Thumbnail Kirian was diagnosed with Autism at the age of 2. His mother, Jessica, noticed that his vocabulary wasn't developing the same as other children his age; he was having trouble forming words and getting frustrated when no one understood him. That all changed when they came to the Olympic Peninsula Autism Center.
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Olivia Makes Strides at Jane's House CDC

Olivia JH Spotlight Image When she started in our toddler one classroom she remained in one place unable to move around the classroom unless carried by the teachers, but Olivia made strides daily. She watched the other children and was delighted to be around them; flashing a big, warm smile and clapping her hands in excitement.
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Sam Thrives at Camp Stand By Me

Smaller Sam image for spotlight When Sam first came to Camp Stand By Me, his mother admits she was nervous. Sam had never been away from home before, and has had behavior problems in the past due to his disability. Now, Sam has been back to Camp for 3 years in a row, and he absolutely loves it.
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