Parent Testimonial

By: Star Therapy, Inc  07/29/2014
Keywords: Occupational Therapy, Attention, occupational therapist

"In February of this year, my wonderful Mother-in-law found Ms. Melanie for our son Chase. You see, Chase was evaluated in early January for Autism and is currently waiting for his last evaluation with the psychiatrist in Oct. (10 months away) Not wanting to delay him any further, we decided to start OT ( Occupational Therapy) with Ms. Melanie now. Our son attends a wonderful local church Pre-K program and has for a few years. Not being able to write his name wasn't that big of a deal. But our son couldn't color or draw. He couldn't copy letters, numbers, or shapes very well either. His go to answer for questions or conversations was "yeah." He never fully listened or understood the conversations around him. He spent much of his time locked away in pretend land in his head. Our biggest concern was his "shutdown" mode. He wouldn't do anything but stare off or worse, cry so hard he felt he needed to scratch out his eyes in order to stop. All of this was due to Chase not being able to communicate his problems or understand what was going on around him. This was very scary for his teachers and for the other kids. I also found it frustrating because I couldn't always bet there to talk him out of his distress or just hold him. With just a few months of therapy from Ms. Melanie, he can do most things his peers can do. He can hold a pencil, write letters, numbers, draw shapes and even write his name with lower case letters!. Our family portraits have gone from blobs with eyes to heads and bodies with arms, legs, noses and even hair. Chase has come out of his pretend land and into the real world. No more shutdowns. He will answer your questions and can now communicate correctly. He can do it all just like his peers. His preschool teacher is so amazed with his transformation. She (his teacher) went from being worried her would not be ready for Kindergarten next school year to a big smile saying that he IS ready. Chase even scored a 90 on his readiness test! Chase also has so many more friends. Before he did not know how to approach other children, often grunting, getting too close, or repeating a rehearsed script. Now he is the most popular kid in the class! Truly amazing how he has transformed in such a short period of time. I have tears in my eyes and joy in my heart knowing we will continue therapy with Ms. Melanie our Chase will continue to grow. Thank you Ms. Melanie!" - Jennifer Panos Alpharetta, GA

Keywords: Attention, Emotional, Handwriting, Handwriting Experts, occupational therapist, Occupational Therapy, Sensory Integration