State: Hanover, PA
Facility: Hanover Hospital – Pediatric Specialty Therapy Services
Four-year old Mason is autistic and his full diagnosis includes: decreased fine motor skills; apraxia; sensory modulation deficits (including oral motor and tactile hypersensitivities); decreased tolerance for assistance with self-care skills; and decreased independence with self-care skills. Despite facing these developmental challenges, he continues to persevere and strive to learn. Mason is well-known in our clinic by his energetic voice and infectious smile. He lights up the room and greets familiar faces as they walk by. Mason tries his best to engage in play with other patients of all ages.
New experiences can be frightening for a child with sensory processing delays, but Mason has come so far in respect to these issues. Once afraid to try new foods, climb on playground equipment or have his hair cut, he has now bravely mastered all of these tasks and many more. These occurrences may seem trivial for any other four-year-old, but were major accomplishments for Mason.