How Structure Helps James
April 26, 2016
James found a perfect fit in Pathways, Elim’s program for students with autism. James transferred to Elim last summer and was immediately beloved by Elim’s staff.
“James comes into school each day with a huge smile on his face. We all absolutely adore him. He’s quickly built relationships with our staff and other students,” James’s teacher, Lauren Sheely, explains.
The structure of Elim’s autism program helps James with his sensory needs, helping him stay on task and better interact with others. The program is specifically designed to provide James with individualized support.
James’s parents have been thrilled to see their son succeeding at school. James’s mom, Catherine, recently shared, “James is much more tolerant of school and activities at Elim. He’s happy to get on the bus, and Elim’s staff is very skilled and consistent in handling his needs. He has the therapists and specialists that he needs each day.”
As part of the autism program’s specialized curriculum, James is learning about concepts like “same vs. different,” following directions, and answering comprehension questions. James also spends time each day being active. Always a huge fan of the water, James eagerly looks forward to swimming in Elim’s pool each week.
James’s parents are counting on Elim to prepare him for the future. They hope that someday he’ll work in a job that he enjoys. They want to see their son live a life filled with happiness and fulfillment!
Our staff is excited to help equip James with the skills he needs to achieve his God-given potential. “In the future, I’d love to see James keep growing in independence,” says Sheely. “James’s potential is so huge. We want to help him meet it!”