A day in the life of
Ages 11 to 19 years
Ages 11 to 19 years
The following fictional characters represent the typical experiences of adolescents and the staff who serve them.
And his team of board-certified experts are happy to make the journey with him.
It’s a Thursday, and Mateo hasn’t had the easiest of weeks. Despite recent gains in appropriate behavior, today’s afternoon session has ground to a halt. But his afternoon technician, Lisa, is a pro. After several attempts to engage Mateo with his planned therapy, she recognizes his refusal isn’t accompanied by any problem behaviors. She waits calmly with him and then slowly engages him until they’re working on how to ask for a break together.
It takes an expert to provide the right care for every individual we serve, every minute of every day. LittleStar makes certain that every team member has what it takes, and gives them an extended team to support Mateo and his family.
After trying to navigate the insurance process at another therapy center, Mateo’s parents were shocked – and grateful – when LittleStar put his plan together and submitted it for them.
Mateo’s family and technicians see a lot of progress where others don’t. Today might be a little challenging, but everyone is happy with the last six months.
Mateo is usually at LittleStar by 8:30 am. His morning technician greets him and waits until he sees off whoever dropped him off in the morning – usually his dad, but his sister comes sometimes on Mondays. Mateo settles in for a morning therapy session before working on having a conversation with another technician and his friends.
One of the six-month goals for Mateo is to participate in a group session, but we’re not quite there yet. Lisa will work with Mateo this and every afternoon until she’s certain he’s ready. She’ll continually evaluate his progress and perform testing to ensure that when the time comes, he’s ready. Today, it’s another one-on-one sessions that ends with some successful requesting from Mateo.
Life at home is evolving. Mateo still engages in some problem behaviors from time to time, but his ability to occasionally ask for things hasn’t gone unnoticed, and his family is really happy for him. Mateo is growing, approaching puberty even, and his family is optimistic that this progress continues and their ability to communicate keeps growing.
At LittleStar, individuals with autism are our focus, but we know that they succeed when they’ve got a support system around them with the tools to help. If insurance coverage takes a while to get approved, the LittleStar Care Adovacy Progress (CAP) fund may cover therapy with short-term assistance.
It’s a team effort, all about the individual.
Just like any peer their age, the indivudals we serve are acquiring the skills they need to better their future. With the extra care and attention to progress you get from your LittleStar team, that progress is real and will be maintained.
ABA Therapy makes a real difference.
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