Meet Reilly!

From Reilly's Mom:

Reilly was diagnosed with Autism at 3. He started school at Hayden schools at age 4. He’s made great progress, but the gap is ever widening for children like Reilly. By the time Reilly entered Hayden Middle School, it was obvious his academics and schedule would need to be modified for him to be successful. His team agreed that for him to have a happy, independent, and meaningful life, Reilly would need to work on life skills. In 7th grade, Reilly (with the help of his aide, Mrs. Jo) did many life skills tasks around HMS. This really helped with not only learning new life skills but also his social skills. I want to believe that seeing Reilly make so much progress inspired “The Reilly Center”. This center will be life changing for so many children and families. Reilly and Jo

The day I was asked if Reilly could be apart of this center, it was answered prayers. The Reilly Center has been a blessing. The goals and opportunities Reilly has while attending the center are life changing. A few short years ago, we didn’t know what Reilly’s life would look like out of school. We anticipated Reilly living with us for the rest of our lives. It’s not that we didn’t have hope, but realistically that seemed like our best option. 

This Center gives not only Reilly, but our whole family a different outcome. Reilly is learning life skills and skills he will need to enter the workforce. He is also getting his academics, going to physical education, and being around typical peers. This is definitely the best case scenario for Reilly (and many kids like him)!   

- Jennifer P.                                                 

                                                                                                            Reilly and Mrs. Jo
                                                                                                             Halloween 2017
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