Extra Give 2022 – Impact Highlight

Learning to Express Himself

As the youngest of five siblings, Bennett always loves tagging along

for family activities. In his early years, nothing seemed concerning with Bennett’s development. As his mom, Amy, shared, he was a tad bit delayed, but it was something she thought he would catch up with easily as time went on. However, as he got older, Bennett struggled with mobility and speech delays. At this point, Bennett qualified for Early Intervention Services due to his diagnosis. Ultimately, he found himself at Excentia Human Services.

Since starting preschool, Bennett has outgrown the need for speech intervention, is holding his own with his peers and is learning to be more independent with his mobility. “We love his education program!” says Amy, Bennett’s mom. “He looks

forward to his preschool days and comes home full of stories.”

These stories and Bennett’s eagerness to entertain and connect to people have been the most surprising result of his education. “He has great manners and expresses himself extremely well. I know that’s largely due to what they do at school with the kids!”

And it is also the reason why Bennett is so eager to do “school” activities at home while his mom homeschools his siblings. With the help of his occupational and speech therapists and the support he has at home, Bennett’s future is optimistic and promising. For now, though, he’s right where he needs to be, enjoying school and tagging along with his brothers and sister.

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