Holly came to Bost Hand-in-Hand Dardanelle in April of 2011 from another program because her family was not seeing much progress in her development. Holly has Autism and when she first began at Bost she lacked in social skills, she had oral sensory issues, and didn't appear to communicate or understand. She began receiving therapy at Bost and is in a classroom with her peers. She is now understanding direction and imitating/mirroring her peers. She is learning more social skills and appropriate behavior and her oral sensory issues have been redirected through Occupational Therapy. Valetia Wellborn, Hand-in-Hand Dardanelle staff attended specialized training to further help Holly. The Occupational Therapist trained the family to be more effective.
With the help of Bost's staff of Childcare Professionals, Therapists and her family, Holly's sensory issues have calmed so she can focus on other goals and peer imitation has also helped a great deal. Holly listens to music to calm herself and when she is feeling overwhelmed she will go to the cd player to indicate she needs music. Holly has also begun taking her teacher by the hand for assistance to go to the bathroom.
Structure is very important to Holly. She knows and loves her new routine and is very involved in her classroom activities.