This is my daughter Emily age 22 at the library reading to other children.
At the age of 7, Emily could not speak. All she could do is grunt and hit herself out of frustration. She was totally out of control and could not follow even simple directions.
We spent the next decade intensively seeking out therapies that would help her and hiring the best specialists we could find.
She had intense ABA therapies along with speech and occupational therapies several times a day for years and years. We also made sure that she attained sufficient reading and writing abilities for later in life. We also gave her voice lessons and dance lessons to expand her creativity. As you can see she has turned out to be an incredible human being. Full of love and compassion. Never give up on your children no matter how special their needs are or how difficult the journey is. God bless you all and have a great weekend!