“Dear VIA: I miss you…”
“Dear VIA: I miss you because you got a virus and you are sick…” One of our adult clients, Adam, was missing his friends and Program Associates, so he wrote a get well soon letter. “He did that entirely on his own,” says his mother. “He just brought it to us and showed us.”
Breaks in routine can be particularly challenging for children and adults with autism. To the extent they can, Adam and his family have been keeping busy and working to stay connected. “He misses the routine. Every day he asks if he’s going to VIA. We keep saying ‘soon.’ That’s the hardest thing. Thinking ahead, we have worries that it will be hard to restart the routine once everything opens. We are trying to maintain some of the rhythms. It was very helpful that VIA sent us some of the activities that he does there so that he can do them at home.
“His language skills and his social abilities have improved tremendously since he’s been at VIA. The staff have been so great at helping him. We’re concerned that those skills will start to decline. We had a nice video chat with Lauren and Noelle. We found that very uplifting. Just being with them and having that connection was really nice for Adam—for all of us.”