My husband and I noticed something was different about our son when he was still a baby. The pediatrician we had at the time dismissed my concerns, telling me I was worrying for nothing because he was my first child. I finally got fed up with her and found another pediatrician.
The first time I took Wyatt to see her she said, “The hand-flapping is not typical. Neither is the toe-walking.” I almost cried. It was nice to have my concerns validated, and not be made to feel like a crazy person. She told me to call Elite Therapy to set up an evaluation.
We went in for an evaluation and Wyatt started speech therapy with Laurie Maler on January 24, 2016. We added occupational and physical therapy in the months after. Laurie is the only therapist that has been with us the entire time. When Wyatt started speech therapy, he said a handful of words and pointed at what he wanted. We signed at first per Laurie’s suggestion, then he got tired of signing and started speaking. About a year after he started at Elite, he was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder with a secondary diagnosis of Mixed Receptive-Expressive Language Disorder.
Nearly three years later, he can speak in sentences. He says things like, “I want goldfish” or “I don’t want to wear that shirt.” I know we have a long way to go, but he has come so far. I am so proud of him, and so thankful for Laurie and Elite Therapy Center.
Everyone at Elite is so supportive. Since we’ve been there so long, they feel like family. I can’t say enough good things about this place. I love the people up there-from the therapists to the people working in the office. The owners are friendly and helpful, too.
I urge anyone who has concerns about their child to call Elite Therapy Center, and schedule an evaluation. It is a wonderful place. I’m glad I made that call three years ago. My son has benefited tremendously from being there.