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A Teen’s iPad Opens the Door to Communication

Easterseals UCP Autism Services Support Harley

Wilmington, NC, June 10, 2019

There was a time when young Harley, who lives with autism, screamed endlessly.  His mother, Elizabeth DeBiasi, said he literally screamed 300 times in an hour – for an entire year. That was only a few short years ago.  Now, thanks to the autism team at Easterseals UCP Harley, now 17 years old, has learned how to use iPad apps to increase communication and reduce his frustration.

autismAccording to Elizabeth, “He doesn’t just say he wants to watch TV using his iPad, instead he tells us the specific show he wants to see.”  His favorite program happens to be Ellen’s 12 Days of Christmas which has lots of cheering and clapping.

autismHis family is happy to report that Harley never screams anymore.  With some prompting, he turns to his iPad to request food, restaurants, the pool, and more. 

Easterseals UCP supports Harley through Autism Services and the Individual and Community Services programs. Both teams work on important daily living skills including laundry, cleaning up after a snack and some basic chores. Harley now enjoys going everywhere his family goes including vacations to California and Costa Rica.

Harley’s latest goal is learning to keep his new glasses on.  The team works with him one minute at a time. Elizabeth said, “He’s super sensitive around the head and face so this is a struggle. However, the other day he kept his glasses on for an hour!”

Check out Easterseals UCP Autism Services.

Easterseals provides meaningful and exceptional services so that children and adults living with disabilities and mental health challenges can live, learn, work and play in their communities.


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