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Garrett

I can’t say enough positive things about the work that has been done with Garrett. He is a totally different kid now than when he started with Lighthouse in July. I was reluctant in the beginning because 8 hours a day, 5 days a week seemed like so much but it turns out that it was exactly what he needed. When we go to restaurants he orders his own food. At Ty’s wedding recently he was the center of attention. Not only did he do a fantastic job, he was spoken to by several people he had never met before and he responded appropriately to each person and was able to carry on a conversation. I have never been so proud. He knows things that I don’t even know he knows and he surprises me on a regular basis with his knowledge and newfound talkativeness and self expression. He’s a terrific kid and so smart. I am so thankful we have people like you who work with him daily and treat him like he is your own. He loves going to “school” and we frequently have “school” at home where he teaches his brother and I and makes us “work for” things.  He tells me all the time he wants to be a teacher when he grows up and there is no doubt in my mind that this passion for teaching others is fueled by the terrific work you all are doing daily with him. Thank you so much for your time, patience, love and support.

Thad

I can tell you that the year(s) before we brought our son Thaddeus to Lighthouse Autism Center have been an absolute nightmare. Everyday we waited to hear from the school that we had to come get our son because they were not equipped to handle him. In fact, I use to take my cellphone in to sales calls because I needed to be available to go get him at a moments notice.

The piece of mind I now take for granted, to an extent, when I drop him off is a true godsend. Everyone their seems genuinely interested in my son and his successes.

I cant say enough for what your staff has done for our son myself and his mother!

Brody

On behalf of Brody’s grandparents, Aunt and Uncle, cousins, sister, and Mommy and Daddy, I would like to thank you and the entire Lighthouse staff for the work you’ve done with my son.  In just three short months, Brody has made amazing progress.  His communication and language skills have vastly improved, which has resulted in far fewer tantrums since he is better able to communicate with us what he wants or needs.  He responds to his name usually on the first or second time we call to him, whereas this summer it sometimes would take us saying his name up to ten times until he faced us.  I could go on and on, but the number one thing we want to thank the Lighthouse staff for is loving our child.  When my wife drops him off everyday, we feel confident that he is safe and in an environment that is not only instructive but also nurturing.  Whether it is a coordinator or a tech or a staff member, Lighthouse treats Brody as if he was a member of their family.  Please let your staff know how thankful we are for the treatment and care they give our son, and one day we hope to be in a position to give back in some way.

Lexi

LAC has brought to our lives new inspiration.  Two years ago, on December 3rd, Lexi began her journey with your team.  I was nervous, excited, scared, and hopeful all at the same time.  Every question I had about our choice to bring her to you was running wild through my thoughts:  Would you understand her? Could you help her grow? Would you recognize her hidden intelligence? Would she be accepted? Would the staff love her and care for her the way we had always envisioned?

Every response is a resounding “YES!”  Lexi would be lost without LAC and the wonderful adults that support her.

Team Lexi has discovered our girl.  The smile, that no matter what kind of day you are having, can fill you with happiness.  That contagious laugh that comes from her toes.  Most recently, her new found teenage diva attitude…we all know what she would say to us when she gives us “the look.”  And her growth…wow, the changes we see.  Her dressing skills alone are huge milestones to our family.

We have never asked for a cure to autism (well not out loud to a doctor at least), but what you are able to accomplish with her reignites our hope that her story isn’t going to be defined by this disorder.  The small changes aren’t signs of a cure, but are keys that unlock our daughters world and make her thoughts more accessible to us.  With the work your staff does, pieces of Lexi are slowly emerging.  When other people have written her off, you have stayed the course.  We could never put into words our gratitude.  Thank you for walking along side us on this journey.

Ethan

9 months ago we droppd Ethan off for his first day. We had no idea what to expect.  Ethan didn’t interact much. We were all frustrated and lost.

Fast forward these short months and WOW!  Ethan is a completely different kid! He expresses what he wants! He plays with his brothers and sister. He even looks for which sibling he wants! (Each one has something different to offer him). He calls for “da” and says “mama”. These things never happened before, and each time he calls us  we get a lump in our throats! He eats at the table with the family! We all love it when he waves and blows kisses! The list goes on and on!

Each of us is so incredibly grateful for all the hard work each of you at Lighthouse do every day for Ethan. (And Ethan truly loves the hugs and cuddles he gets) Thank you all so very much!