Gabriel is an amazing little man who was born with Down syndrome and a possible co-diagnosis of autism. He is now in first grade, but he began receiving Early Intervention [EI] services soon after he was born. Although he experiences a communication challenge and has some sensory sensitivity, he has made huge progress throughout the last six years! EI was instrumental in helping his family find the best strategies to help support him as he grew. Early Childhood Special Education [ECSE] gave him the opportunity to practice being in a supportive preschool environment before transitioning to Kindergarten, and he learned how to participate in important routines like sitting at circle and staying at the table during mealtimes. Now these skills help him in school, but they also help him at home during routines like dinner or family activities.
Thanks to EI/ECSE, Gabriel’s family made sure they had all the information and support they needed early in the transition process. Everyone, including Gabriel, is very happy with the progress they’ve made so far, and can’t wait to see him grow and learn even more!