At three years old, our oldest son, Eli,
only had a few sounds for words. Up until then, he had been in ECI, PPCD, a traditional private preschool, and private therapy.
After visiting Capitol School of Austin, we decided it would be the best learning environment for Eli so we decided to enroll him in the CSA summer camp. Our family was in for a big change with the arrival of his little brother, Luke. We realized that with his own difficulties and the change in family dynamics, Eli would need all of the support he could
get and we felt confident he would get that support at CSA.
Eli grew a lot his first year at CSA. Up until then, he did not understand how to interact with classmates, and he often avoided activities. As the year progressed, we proudly watched him become more comfortable in his classroom and with the routines. He started playing with his classmates and happily participated in activities. We all learned a lot that first year, which included the diagnosis of severe oral and verbal apraxia. In addition to his class at CSA, he started working with one of CSA’s individual speech pathologists, Mieke, who was instrumental in helping us understand Eli’s speech delay as well as making a connection between the classroom and private therapy.
Eli has continued to make steady progress over the past five years and is now in the 2nd grade at CSA. Speech is still a struggle for him, but he is in a much different place than he was five years ago. He can now say sentences that people understand, and he has made so many very good friends. When he wakes up, one of the first things he says is, “I get to go to school today?”
Just as Eli grew, so did Luke. Because of his August
birthday, we thought he might be more comfortable in
a Kindergarten classroom with fewer students, so we
decided to search out the best learning environment
for him. He had been going to summer camp at CSA
for three years and loved it. As luck would have it, CSA
announced their desire to have typically developing
students included in the classrooms. So, we enrolled
Luke in Kindergarten as a non-service student. Luke loves being at Eli’s “big kid school.” He especially enjoys all of the special classes like drama, art, music, Sportball, and library. He loves his teachers and students in his class. He feels like all of the kids in his class are his best friends, and he is always referencing things his teachers have taught him.
Both boys are happy, growing, learning at their own pace, and feel like they are accomplishing new things every day. An added bonus has been that Eli and Luke have more shared experiences by being at the same school. What more could parents ask for? Thank you CSA for all the support and help you have provided our family!