Jase’s Story

Where Jase Started

Jase began services at Cornerstone Autism Center in April 2015.  When Jase first started, he was unable to communicate his wants and needs with others. He first began learning American Sign Language (ASL) to communicate.  Jase displayed the behaviors of tantrum, non-compliance, physical aggression and mouthing.  Jase often engaged in these behaviors when he was unable to effectively communicate.

How Jase Improved

By the time Jase graduated from Cornerstone, Jase was working through Level 3 of the Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program and had gained 162 of the 170 milestones. Jase is now able to communicate using full sentences and is able to express his feelings throughout the day. In addition, Jase began working on skills from the Assessment of Functional Living Skills to better prepare him for a transition to school. Jase was also able to attend a group setting with his peers and respond to directives from other adults.  Jase enjoyed playing dress up, video games, and tag with his friends at Cornerstone!

“I’m so grateful for the hard work and dedication of everyone at Cornerstone,” said Amber, Jase’s mom. “He wouldn’t be where he is today if it weren’t for all of you! We will forever have a special place in our hearts for our Cornerstone family.”

After he delivered his speech during his graduation ceremony, Jase left the stage to give all of his friends and family hugs and high fives. Several therapists and friends of Jase shed some bittersweet tears at his graduation.

“We are all so proud of Jase and all of his hard work,” said Megan Graves, BCBA