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Success Stories

Real autism success stories from the families we serve

Read about our 2014 client survey results.

The child has been with the company since she was two and half, and she is now turning five in a couple of weeks. She is going to be one of the recovery stories! Her language and academic skills are age appropriate, and she is just working on some minor problem behaviors and social skills currently. This was all possible because she started therapy at such a young age!
Thank you for all the great work, team!

BCBA, Cheryl H.

shared this story about her client.

Starting with the teachers and continuing with all the therapist (speech, occupational, and ABA ) I believe that we had made progress. S is a different child and I believe that this is just the beginning. Even now writing this email, tears are coming down because I am really happy to see that I made the best decision at this time.

I believe the program will open a lot of doors for more kids.

Thank you so much for all your help and support. I believe that persons like you is what make other parents stronger.

Former Client, Mother of 3 and a half year old girl (Unsolicited)

developing verbal capabilities, motor skills, social interactions, toiletting, North Chicago

Last night was his awards show for their bible school called Awanas and my client walked on stage to get his ribbon with minimal help from me. I just held his hand. He normally bounces on a ball everywhere he goes and has a chewy in his mouth, but I didn’t take the ball or chewy with us and he did awesome!!

Brooke Belling, lead CTM, AHSS

shared this story regarding her 7yo male client

The Open Doors Ministry strives to make Grace United Methodist Church, Naperville, Illinois, a more accommodating and accepting congregation for children and youth with special needs, as well as their families.

A primary focus of our ministry is to provide “buddies” to accompany special-needs children in Sunday School and youth activities. AHSS provided training to buddies at our church and helped to develop individualized accommodation plans for several students. The AHSS services were excellent. AHSS provided Jessie Carson, a gifted therapist, to work with our buddies, and, in order to better understand our needs and those of other churches, several AHSS staff members attended an educational program sponsored by Grace Church for the surrounding community.

A special thanks to Laura McKee and Kenn Miller who helped to make this arrangement with AHSS possible. We are blessed to know that AHSS is a resource to us as we continue in this important ministry.

Mark and Laurel Fleming (Unsolicited)

Co-Chairs - Open Doors Ministry, Former collaborators

Tonight we had the pleasure of helping out with E while she got a haircut. The stylist came to the house. E was able to sit at the table and tolerated (even seemed to enjoy) her haircut. Not only that but E sat at the table and interacted with me for the better part of her two-hour session. When we started with E she could barely sit and attend for a few minutes. This is a tremendous amount of improvement and I know that it is because of the hard work and dedication of her team and family.

Keep up the fabulous work team! Nights like tonight are why we do what we do!

Kira Rocha, lead CTM

shared this story about her 7yo client, AHSS

A few weeks ago, I observed E in his church group as they visited a nursing home to sing for the residents. When I started working with E two years ago, he struggled to make eye contact, use appropriate social language, and tolerate stimulating environments.

What a difference two years of ABA and parent commitment make! E was leading the group in song and dance, attending to the teacher during the performance, and then went on to individually greet and converse with most of the residents! He has made significant improvements over the past two years and I am eager to see what the next two years brings.

Katie Null, BCBA Specialist with AHSS

shared this story on her 5yo male client

When I took the job as a Family Support Coordinator, I hoped it would be a way for me to “pay back” all of those who had supported me during the early years after Drew’s diagnosis…

  • I wanted to see progress in this boy so that his dad, tired from a long day of work, didn’t have to drive over an hour to avoid a tantrum.
  • I wanted the lives of parents of children with Autism to be a little easier.
  • I wanted to help kids sleep in their own beds so that mom and dad could get a good night’s sleep.
  • I wanted to see a child participate in a family birthday party so that mom and dad didn’t have to miss it as well.

It’s these little things in our lives that can give us hope.

I am so lucky that over 5 years at Autism Home Support Services, I have seen many, many of these small victories for children and most especially their parents. That’s why I do what I do.

Maryanne Nugent, Autism Community Consultant, AHSS

on living and working with autism

DISCLAIMER: In accordance with the BACB’s code of ethics, AHSS does not publish testimonials from current clients. Feedback from AHSS staff is based on their experiences with their clients. Success of individual clients depends on many variables.

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