Jennifer first came to the Listening Centre, when she was 8 years old. At that time we helped her with language and communication issues. More recently, we have been contacted by her mother because she developed extreme obsessive-compulsive behaviours – not an unusual occurrence in adults with Autism. We decided to give it a try. Here is what Mrs. Porto had to say about a month following Jennifer’s 15-day intensive program...
Dear Mr. Madaule:
Just little note to update you on Jennifer’s progress.
As you are aware Jennifer has suffered from severe compulsive and obsessive
behaviours. When I came to see you it was my last option other than
anti-depressive drugs. Her behaviours were severe to the point that it was
extremely difficult to take her anywhere, as she would take other people’s
things. Her safety was also at risk, as she would get out of the car to run and
pick up a penny on the street without looking!
Although, we did experience much progress at the
listening centre when she was younger, we had reached a plateau. Several years
later, June of 2004, I came to you in desperation, and was willing to try
anything. Although, I had an extremely busy schedule I wanted to try again, any
slight improvement would be helpful.
I am extremely delighted and happy to report to you,
that Jennifer has had great success.
She is very happy now, responds quickly, and is
proactive, looking to help, and do things more independently. Her
concentration, self-esteem and social skills have also improved.
With the obsession of collecting other people’s things
she is now able to reason herself why she shouldn’t take them. It really seems
like a miracle, in 27 years this year was the fist time I was able to enjoy a
family outing without being her bodyguard. This was far much more than I had
We like go thank you and your wonderful staff for your
interest and support over the years. We encourage you to share our story if you
think I may be helpful to others.