There are memories that Seth tries to forget – the times he felt unappreciated, frustrated, insecure. What could have been a simple solution to a common problem instead created misery.
“Seth was asked to leave a public preschool because the administration determined he couldn’t participate with other children in the classroom,” said Lindsey Reynolds, Maryvale’s Program Support Specialist.
It turns out 3-year-old Seth was a casualty of the traditional preschool program.
Seth was in the process of receiving an assessment when he arrived at Maryvale’s Early Education Center in Duarte.
“When I first met Seth, he didn’t speak,” Reynolds said. Though he was able to form a few words, which were mostly unintelligible, his primary mode of communication was by “grunting.”
By making slight modifications to learning programs, the staff observed Seth slowly gaining confidence to participate in classroom activities.
“We encouraged him,” Reynolds said. “If he wanted to stand, we let him stand. We allowed him extra time to join the group.”
Now after six months, 4-year-old Seth is making remarkable progress. He now speaks coherently, and enjoys sharing stories.
“He recently told us about what he experienced at home over the weekend,” Reynolds said. “He has become a fully engaged child in the classroom. He enjoys social interactions and exudes confidence.”
His mother is “beyond excited” about the growth she has seen since Seth started at Maryvale.
“At Maryvale, we not only support the child’s needs, but we are here to provide support for the whole family,” Reynolds said.
Once his mom saw how Seth was supported in the classroom, she felt more comfortable, which, in turn, helped calm Seth.
In addition to speech therapy, the staff encouraged his mom to read and sing songs to Seth at home to support his language development.
“It’s amazing what can be accomplished because someone cares,” said Christina Moore, Early Education Vice President.