Rylan's Story 

Your daughter is bright and witty and her vocabulary is incredible. But she is on the spectrum". For the first time in a very long time I felt relieved. I started my journey with Stepping Stones as an employee over a year ago. I loved every minute of working with the children and watching them grow and succeed. However, I started to notice things with my own daughter I never did before. Her lack of eye contact and her desire to not be touched were becoming red flags whereas before they went unnoticed. Then the meltdowns began. Hours of screaming and crying that would end in an instant and begin again with no warning. I felt like I was going crazy. Family would say "Oh she's just 3. It will pass." 8 months later and there was no end in sight. We felt very alone and no one understood what we were going through. Her doctors didn't see an issue either, but I couldn't just let it go. So we were sent to the development team. They confirmed what I had been thinking for months. My daughter had Autism. And I cried. Finally we could help her, finally someone believed me. We contacted Stepping Stones the next day. It was strange to be on the other side. It was very hard for me to accept that this was what I do for a living but I am the only person who cant teach her and help her in that way. But everyone was very supportive. They listened to our concerns and what we hoped for. They had a plan for her and for us.

 

Rylan has been there for 4 months now and already we have seen such an improvement. She wants to be cuddled now and will look us in the eye when she says "I love you". She loves going to Stepping Stones and playing with friends. She will actually play with other children now. Stepping Stones has been a wonderful place to work, but they have become so much more. Everyone there will hold such a special place in my heart for all they have done for my baby girl.