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Easterseals UCP Autism Services Helps Zion Communicate

A Mother Receives Hope from Zion’s Progress

Raleigh, NC, July 8, 2019

When Zion was diagnosed with autism and Intellectual and Developmental Disability (I/DD) at three years old, his mom Patrice, didn’t know where to turn.  Frightened for her son’s future, she searched high and low for services to help Zion.  Once Patrice found Easterseals UCP she felt hope in her heart.

zionHe receives Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy at the Charlie Gaddy Children’s Center in Raleigh.  When he first arrived, Zion was challenged in communicating and used only a few gestures.  With the help of ABA at Easterseals UCP Zion uses pictures to communicate which has helped reduce his frustration.  Also Zion has increased eye contact, can imitate, and is able to discriminate between two pictures or choices.  Patrice is thrilled to see her six-year-old son wave to her!

zionPatrice said, “Easterseals UCP is a lifesaver for me. Zion has grown tremendously. Without ABA we wouldn’t be where we are today!”  She knows it was the right choice as Zion is always ready and happy to go to therapy.

Zion is now working on using his Picture Exchange Communication (PEC) book to express his wants and needs, along with learning to respond to commands, and improve behaviors.  Patrice is grateful for the effective services from dedicated and loving staff.

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