At four years old, our son was finally diagnosed with autism. Just a few months in to his public school autism program, our son’s behaviors and functional level declined. School behavior graphs showed he was often having 10-12 interfering behaviors per day. He was also unable to function in every day family activities at home and in community without meltdowns or potentially self-injurious behaviors.
Our developmental neurologist and her social worker referred us to The Uncommon Thread. We were told that our son needed an intensive ABA program to develop and carry over skills from school to home and his life in community. The advice of our pediatrician, neurologist, and the persuasive research of the medical community prescribed a 30 - 40 hour per week comprehensive applied behavioral analytics program. With most public schools only offering 10-17 hours of ABA programming, we wondered “how we could do this?”.
The answer was found at The Uncommon Thread. From the moment we walked into your welcoming big blue house, we knew we were in good hands. The Center Director met us in your lobby with an aura of calm and competence. She reassured us that our son would do well there. Our terrific staff of therapists enthusiastically accepted our child despite his behavioral history and embarked on an ambitious agenda of programming.
Within weeks, there was a significant decline in our son’s negative behaviors and an increase in learning readiness that surprised us all. Our son looked forward to every visit to the center. He adored his therapists.
In time, The Uncommon Thread provided us with home and community programming. They also coordinated programs with our private speech and occupational therapists to ensure consistency and carry over across all settings; this is so important for children on the autism spectrum.
The Uncommon Thread helped us with everything from independent toileting, good sleep habits, independent dressing and doing homework. They taught our son how to dance, sing, and find joy in leisure activities with peers. When community outings were a challenge, they followed us to the mall to help program our child for success. They even supported mainstreaming and integration activities when our son was ready for it.
Also worth noting is the parent training The Uncommon Thread provided. Our first BCBA taught me how to take simple behavioral data and how to look at school programming. They trained my husband and me to become valuable participants in the ABA process.
No recommendation would be complete without highlighting the diversity and incredible talent of The Uncommon Thread’s staff. We had therapists with doctoral degrees who noticed learning disabilities months before physicians and school, and BCBA’s with special education backgrounds who at times toiled relentlessly to help our child learn common core curriculum by carefully breaking down difficult, abstract, subject matter into more accessible units.
Today our son is in a more inclusive public school classroom setting. We still have some tough roads ahead of us, but our son would not be where he is without the dedication of The Uncommon Thread.
Last winter we pulled into the parking lot on a snowy day. The Uncommon Thread’s founder was out shoveling the snow off the front path. He greeted my son and it was clear that they had a very sweet personal interaction. It is a team approach where everyone is dedicated, hands-on, and has a stake in your child’s best outcome.
I look forward to the day where more young children have an opportunity to receive the gift of this type of care.
To Whom it May Concern:
The immeasurable impact that The Uncommon Thread has had on my son is almost too difficult to put into words. His progress has been just shy of what feels like a miracle. I recently watched a home video of my Max. It was bittersweet to watch. In the video Max was 2 years old. He did not speak and only knew some sign language. He displayed many of the characteristics associated with autism, flapping his hands, grabbing at the air around him, crashing into things and or hitting himself in frustration. All of that being the bitter. The sweet part was that I can now say that because of a strict, well thought out, personalized and integrated plan Max's progress has been monumental. Max has just turned 4. We have full sentence conversations, he is potty trained, he no longer takes a bottle, he has many life skills and he is coming to life all over again! He plays with children at the park, he understands sharing and game play. I could cry writing this I'm so happy for him.
The miracle that has taken place within Max is because of the above and beyond efforts that The Uncommon Thread makes for Max. The therapy that they have provided isn't just for Max it has been for myself as well. Their approach is family oriented. They have held my hand every step of the way, from neurologist appointments to bed time routines. I will be forever grateful for their guidance, support, knowledge, compassion, patience and complete understanding of Max.
So if you are ready, willing and able to provide your child with every possible opportunity to combat the potential lifelong ramifications that our children may suffer from, you have found the most exceptional place to embark on this new journey with your child.
Love and best wishes,
Max and Maureen
Kicking, crying, yelling
Liam walked into your door
Because there was a world out there
He needed to explore
He had all these questions
So much he wanted to know
No words could express
How much he needed to grow
Liam couldn't speak a word
He lived inside a bubble
We brought him to your school
We knew he was in trouble
You assured us he'd be ok
You told us not to fear
Just give us some time you said
We dropped him off with tears
Holding our hands every step of the way
You taught us how to cope
We cherished all his milestones
We finally had a reason to hope
Liam's ready to spread his wings now
Like a beautiful morning dove
We thank you for all you've done
Good Bye Uncommon Thread-With love
Francis, Caitlin, Malley, Seamus and Liam
To Whom it May Concern,
I am writing this letter to whole-heartedly recommend The Uncommon Thread for your pilot program.
My family first learned about The Uncommon Thread when my son’s pediatrician diagnosed my son Ayden with autism at around 18 months. She spoke very highly of the center and its commitment to providing quality ABA therapy and resources for families such as ours. Nervous yet optimistic, we contacted the center and they were very responsive in answering all our questions, meeting with us, and helping us to enroll Ayden as soon as possible.
From day one, we have received nothing but support and compassion from the entire staff at The Uncommon Thread. In no time, they made us feel at ease with their philosophies and methods. It was so reassuring that we were kept informed of Ayden’s therapies and progress every day. The staff has always been so accessible and helpful, answering calls and messages, and scheduling regular meetings to discuss any and all issues we’ve had along the way. The staff has been such an intrinsic part of our lives that we feel like they’ve become like family.
I’m happy to say that Ayden has made remarkable strides in the past year and a half that he’s been at The Uncommon Thread. In a short amount of time he went from a reclusive, nonverbal child who wouldn’t make eye-contact and respond to his name to an outgoing, cheerful boy who is attending a local preschool and talking up a storm! His third birthday is less than a week away and we are excited to follow up with his pediatrician and show her how far he’s come.
None of Ayden’s progress would be possible without the wonderful staff and resources that The Uncommon Thread provides. My family and I will be forever grateful to the center and its staff for giving our son a chance at a bright, full and happy future. I certainly hope that schools such as The Uncommon Thread continue to be able to provide services and hope for families such as ours for many years to come, and for that reason I strongly recommend The Uncommon Thread for your pilot program.
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