Where Christopher Started
When Christopher first started at Cornerstone, he was non-vocal and exhibited aggressive behaviors, elopement and property destruction on a regular basis. Group settings were aversive to Christopher. In these settings, he would try to run out of the room or throw items. He would often run out of rooms unexpectedly, going towards items he wanted instead of communicating what he wanted.
How Christopher Improved
By the time Christopher graduated from Cornerstone, he was reading, using full sentences to talk and working through programs in level 3 of the Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment Placement Program (VB-MAPP).
Christopher was participating in multiple groups with peers throughout the day. He was also beginning to work on adaptive living skills from the Assessment of Functional Living Skills (AFLS) assessment and doing a phenomenal job. Christopher also began showing interest in different types of reinforcing activities- such as pretend magic sets, dancing, and talking into a pretend microphone on stage.
“We will miss his energy, smile, knock-knock jokes and his love for doing magic tricks with all of his therapists,” said his clinical coordinator, Elle Scanlan.