Solicited from previous client
Our life changed the day our 3 year old son was formally diagnosed with ASD. Thus our journey into the world of ABA, speech and occupational therapies, restrictive diets, wait-lists, and government bureaucracy began.
Approximately eight weeks after our son had started ABA therapy with another supervisor we felt the therapy was not progressing as it should; there were several issues that we were concerned about. As a result, we stopped our son’s sessions and I contacted the Montreal Children’s Hospital for a list of reliable resources. Brenda’s name was on the list as a qualified ABA supervisor.
Brenda met with our family and we liked her from the start. She acknowledged our son’s presence, had a no-nonsense approach, was direct, and was very passionate and knowledgeable about her work. She walked us through the program step-by-step. I knew we were in good hands.
When her team of therapists started working with our son he was non-verbal, non-cooperative, had almost no eye contact and had significant behavioral challenges. That was 8 months ago. Our son, who is now 4 years old, speaks in 2-3 word sentences, plays appropriately, and is present in the moment. He is learning to learn.
The fog he has lived in for so long is finally beginning to lift. He makes eye contact, eats by himself (huge accomplishment!), and can sit through circle time at his daycare without interrupting. Yes, our son attends daycare on a full-time basis and his therapists come to his daycare for his sessions.
Brenda and her team of truly caring, devoted, and hardworking therapists have saved our son. He lives in our world now. It continues to be challenging for us every single day and we’re always fighting to keep ASD from consuming us but we’re winning the battle. The road is long and we still have many hurdles ahead but we’ll make it. There is no looking back.
The support we’ve received from our son’s therapists and Brenda is priceless. They understand our anguish and they care. It makes a world of difference when you’re fighting to save your child.