Taegan’s Story

Where Taegan Started

When Taegan started at Cornerstone in 2018, she had 39 of the measurable milestones across the Verbal Behavior Milestone Assessment and Placement Program (VB-MAPP). Additionally, she was unable to effectively communicate her wants and needs, and vocal stereotypy made conversations difficult. Before beginning therapy, she displayed problem behaviors such as physical aggression and tantrums. Taegan  had few self-help skills and required assistance with dressing, personal hygiene and bathroom independence.

How Taegan Improved

After three years at Cornerstone, Taegan graduated with all 170 measurable milestones outlined in the VB-MAPP assessment, and she accomplished over 40% of the goals from the Assessment of Functional Living Skills (AFLS). Taegan’s social skills flourished and she made many different friends among her peers. One of her friends wrote her a card on her graduation day that said, “We will miss you!”

Tasks that were once difficult for Taegan are now done independently! She is able to dress herself and use the restroom without assistance. In addition, she now independently creates her own daily schedule to keep track of her day. Taegan is able to focus on tasks for over four minutes without engaging in vocal stereotypy!

“Taegan has the most infectious and beaming personality,” said Haley Sanders, MA, BCBA. “We will miss her sweet greetings and ability to put a smile on anyone’s face. We are so excited for what’s in store next for her, and we are beyond proud of the amazing young lady that she has become!”