Noah’s Life Changing Journey to Everyday Living
Noah, an eight-year-old with Opsoclonus Myoclonus Ataxia and thoracic neuroblastoma, aimed to increase his ...
Cody is a seven-year-old who lives with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Global Development Delay and is non-verbal. He loves gaming, trains, and cars. Cody and his family wanted him to improve his communication, express himself better, become more active to make friends, and have fun. He also wanted to improve his writing, drawing, and everyday fun activities.
In 2020, Cody began receiving early childhood support from Everyday Independence, guided by his Key Worker, Lyndal, who is experienced in childhood development. Lyndal coordinated Cody’s broader therapy team, including Occupational Therapist, CJ and Habit Coach, Brooke. She also helped build his family’s capacity to support him to achieve his goals.
Lyndal supported Cody with improving his communications using the Prolo iPad app and taught him some sign language. They worked on hand gestures so Cody could better express himself.
CJ engaged Cody in plenty of fun activities to help build his skills. They built Lego, solved puzzles, and enjoyed practicing arts and crafts while building hand-eye coordination. CJ connected with Cody’s teachers to ensure school tasks such as handwriting were on track and provided support for home practice.
Habit Coach Brooke played a pivotal role in revolutionising the importance of daily routine and repetition. She assisted Cody in practicing the skills overseen by Lyndal and CJ.
The team approach under the early childhood supports Key Worker model has helped change the game for Cody. He communicates via Prolo and uses sign language, manages his emotions better, enjoys physical activities, and happily undertakes tasks like writing. Cody’s family’s unwavering support and their active participation in therapy also played a crucial role in his success.
Cody enjoys school activities more now and is planning to boost his core strength and balance through yoga with his classmates.
“Working with Cody has been so special. His family are so supportive and involved in the therapy. With support from the family, CJ, and Lyndal, I feel like we are making a positive impact,” said Habit Coach Brooke.