All Children Need Nurturing
Jennifer is like many 10 year old girls who like to make new friends and have fun with their peers; however, she had difficulty communicating with others. At her previous school, she had been secluded with an aide because she didn’t interact appropriately. Jennifer had become frustrated and aggressive; her aggression caused peers to shy away from her even more. She was caught in a negative behavior cycle.
Jennifer entered the Pressley Ridge School for Autism and made a smooth transition—with a lot of help from Pressley Ridge staff who provided a structured and welcoming environment for her. She quickly began to build trusting relationships with caring teachers and peers. Jennifer learned how to approach other students and now, rather than hit, she taps them on the shoulder, calls them by name, and says that she would like to play. Jennifer is now able to enjoy the benefits of friendships with same-age peers. She continues to develop critical social and communication skills, while progressing academically.
Three years after coming to Pressley Ridge, Jennifer finds joy in playing with friends, having meaningful and trusting relationships with teachers and knows first-hand that a little nurturing can awaken our amazing potential.