Odin is a big brother to his sister Freyja. At age 1, his mom Tiffany noticed some regression with language and was very concerned when he stopped speaking. After evaluations, Odin was diagnosed with autism. When Freyja came along a year later and started developing, she also showed signs of autism.
Odin is now 6 years old, and Tiffany has seen much improvement in how he communicates his feelings. Five- year-old Freyja now expresses herself clearly and has made great progress with her behaviors. “Freyja would become very emotional when she couldn’t communicate. Using her words has helped her control her behavior,” said Tiffany.
Therapists at Easterseals Crossroads focus on building strengths to help young people succeed. Odin loves technology and has learned to use tablets, cell phones and computers. Tiffany is so impressed that he has come so far and so fast with his ability. Freyja has advanced from simple drawings to complex images to express her thoughts.
“At one point, I thought Odin would never be able to talk to me and now he is never quiet, which is a huge milestone,” said Tiffany.
“Easterseals Crossroads has taught me so much about parenting kids with autism. We would not be in as good a place as we are now without autism services,” said Tiffany.