November 18th – December 1st
Collaborative Corner - Princess
CollAnthony is a charismatic, loving 8 year old boy. He was diagnosed with anxiety and Autism Spectrum disorder at age 4, and later ADHD and Tourette’s Syndrome. Although Anthony struggles with social situations and executive functioning, he excels in many other areas. He swims competitively, is part of his schools’ chorus and loves anything STEM related. Anthony has never met a stranger, and loves to talk about Harry Potter and Star Wars. He loves to spend his free time at the theme parks. He is extremely proud of his differences and does not let them prevent him from succeeding. He is learning more and more every day how to advocate for himself and to recognize his own needs. Anthony loves his family more than anything, and is drawn to the many dogs in his life. When he grows up he would like to be a theme park engineer.
Collaborative Corner - Sunshine
Bella is 11 years old and loves to read, bake, dance, travel and go on adventures! She loves her dog Ruby and going to Disney. She was diagnosed with Anxiety when she was 10 years old. Initially, she was apprehensive to talk to anyone, including familiar friends and family. She would have difficulty speaking in front of large groups of people and transitioning from the weekend to a school day. She has found that her creativity, in the form of drawing and dancing, in addition to yoga has supported her in working through the challenges she faced with Anxiety. She is going to be in a musical production this winter and continues to grow in her confidence. She is kind and has a big heart. When Collaborative Corner was being formed, she was the one who came up with the name for the organization!!!
Dogman and Swimming
Wade is 9 years old and loves to be active outdoors. His favorite activities including flag football and soccer. He also really enjoys Legos and reading Dogman and Captain Underpants books. He is the most kind, sensitive, compassionate boy and is very social. Wade was diagnosed with ADHD Inattentive and Impulsive Type at the age of 7. In addition, he has sensory processing difficulties that affect his ability to respond to information that comes in through his senses. Recently, he has been receiving speech therapy weekly and tutoring three times a week and made the honor roll at a new STEAM magnet elementary school that he is attending. Wade loves to be creative. His parents often find him drawing in his room, creating comic books, and short stories that he loves to share with others. His parents are so proud of him and encourage other parents to continue to celebrate small milestones and find gratitude in each day for what their child is accomplishing, no matter how long it takes to get there.
Collaborative Corner - Rocket
Blake is a kind, smart, funny, loving, stubborn, energetic, and silly six year old boy who loves Legos, Batman, sports cars and monster trucks. As a baby Blake had colic, GERD and a severe diary allergy. He met all of his milestones, but certain behaviors began to occur just around the age of 2 that stirred red flags for his pediatrician. This red flag lead to a series of appointments with other specialists, which eventually lead to a diagnosis at age 4.5 of high functioning autism and a stutter. Blake has been involved in various therapies to include Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, counseling, and social skills groups over the years. His therapists have been amazing in working with him to develop his social skills, and helping him to understand and be comfortable with his stutter. He is currently in Kindergarten at a small STEM magnet school and is thriving! Blake is actively involved in baseball and Taekwondo, where he is a senior purple belt. He’s won first place in 2 regional Taekwondo tournaments for weapons sparring. In his free time, Blake enjoys drawing, swimming, watching Star Wars Rebels, playing Legos, and swimming. If there’s one thing Blake’s family wishes that others understood about autism and stuttering is that they both come in all different types and severities, and people do not walk around wearing a t-shirt with a specific diagnosis. Both ASD and stuttering are not defined by what Hollywood says they may look like. Don’t make assumptions. Don’t judge. Just be kind.