The Wahl Family
There isn’t anything Carrie and her husband, Chris, wouldn’t do to help their three-year-old son, Carter. When they noticed that he wasn’t developing and responding normally, Carrie and Chris talked with their pediatrician and began to do some research on their own.
Through this research and input from physicians, Carrie and Chris ultimately decided it wasn’t important for them to have Carter “labeled” with a developmental disability, but to instead find solutions to the problems he was experiencing. That’s when the family found Southwest Human Development’s autism services for children on the spectrum, as well as the agency’s in-home therapy services.
At two years old, Carter still wasn’t speaking and was spending hours playing alone and some of his play habits were repetitive in nature. Southwest Human Development therapists helped Carrie and Chris learn how to interact and communicate with their child and began working with Carter to improve his developmental progress and behaviors. The family was also able to interact with other children and families to help Carter socialize with others. Within the first week, Carter was using sign language, allowing him to finally communicate and express his needs to his parents.