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Student Spotlight: Lorenzo Puccinelli

Lorenzo came to us when he was sixteen-years old.  He was diagnosed with autism as an infant and was nonverbal, which means he couldn't read, write, speak, do math, or spell words.  His world was silent and surely frustrating. 

Desperate for help, his mom signed him up for two one-hour sessions per week.  We set right to work with Lorenzo.  Fortunately, he didn't have any behavior problems and was happy to do most of the activities we had him do.  Right away, we figured out that auditory activities were hard Lorenzo. 

As with most kids on the spectrum, progress was slow.  Lorenzo always showed up on time, and his mom arranged for make-up sessions when he was sick or on vacation.  As with any learning disability, consistency is important.  It took about a year before we could get Lorenzo to talk, and even then, he wasn't a real chatty guy.  But he could talk!

His reading progressed in leaps and bounds, faster than spelling, writing, or math.  His family made sure that he received other life experiences as well, like swimming and horse back riding.  He went away to church camp, grumbling the entire time.  But he made lasting friends, even though it wasn't easy. 

"I always recommend that students on the spectrum receive horse back riding lessons from qualified instructors," Lisa explains.  "I'm not sure if it's working with these huge animals with gigantic souls or if it's the up and down brain and body core development that helps.  Kids with autism usually have a weak core and definitely can benefit from the up and down brain development.  Of course, always be careful in this situation, as children can get hurt around these big animals!"

Today, Lorenzo is 22 years old and still comes for sessions twice a week.  He talks!  He smiles and reads at a seventh grade level.  He can write sentences and can do basic math.  He is working at life skills as well as getting a job.  His future is bright!

 

 

Desperate for help, his mom signed him up for two one-hour sessions per week.  We set right to work with Lorenzo.  Fortunately, he didn't have any behavior problems and was happy to do most of the activities we had him do.  Right away, we figured out that auditory activities were hard Lorenzo. 

As with most kids on the spectrum, progress was slow.  Lorenzo always showed up on time, and his mom arranged for make-up sessions when he was sick or on vacation.  As with any learning disability, consistency is important.  It took about a year before we could get Lorenzo to talk, and even then, he wasn't a real chatty guy.  But he could talk!

His reading progressed in leaps and bounds, faster than spelling, writing, or math.  His family made sure that he received other life experiences as well, like swimming and horse back riding.  He went away to church camp, grumbling the entire time.  But he made lasting friends, even though it wasn't easy. 

"I always recommend that students on the spectrum receive horse back riding lessons from qualified instructors," Lisa explains.  "I'm not sure if it's working with these huge animals with gigantic souls or if it's the up and down brain and body core development that helps.  Kids with autism usually have a weak core and definitely can benefit from the up and down brain development.  Of course, always be careful in this situation, as children can get hurt around these big animals!"

Today, Lorenzo is 22 years old and still comes for sessions twice a week.  He talks!  He smiles and reads at a seventh grade level.  He can write sentences and can do basic math.  He is working at life skills as well as getting a job.  His future is bright!

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