Soon Bertha’s anguish turned to hope as she learned techniques for communicating and interacting with her son through the DIR Floortime therapy. Through this intervention Bertha was able to understand Christian’s individual differences as it relates to his Autism diagnosis and promote his social-emotional, language and cognitive development.
As the sessions progressed, Bertha and the family learned ways to understand Christian’s needs. Christian is a non-verbal communicator, but is now able to alert his family to his wants and desires through eye gaze and guidance by the hand.
Christian is not yet able to walk and the family received additional support through the ADAPT Shop in the form of a loaned gait trainer and wheelchair. He also receives occupational therapy, speech therapy, feeding therapy and dietary guidance as he continues to grow.
Despite having significant delays, Christian continues to show small progress in how he relates and engages with his family. His mother is so thankful that she can now connect with Christian and “be in his world.”