Adam used to have difficulties finding the right words to start a conversation or ask questions. He seldom provided information about himself to continue a conversation. Sometimes he would start in the middle of his thought, or would get nervous and say a part of his thought that others didn’t have context to, so there’d be misunderstanding. Now Adam almost always remembers to get someone’s attention by using their name first, and then starting his thought at the beginning so they can reply with confidence and understanding.
In daily living Adam would sometimes feel some anxiety and would either act too quickly, or wouldn’t complete a task/action thoroughly because of going too fast or not maintaining the focus needed to meet expectations for independence. Skills such as starting at the beginning and taking each step one at a time in order until completion is important for many areas of life. Adam has worked hard to focus on each step of a task in order. Now he stops to ask a question or confirm that he’s on the right track.
Adam’s tremendous improvement in acquiring the skills he needs for daily living and social interactions are just a few of the reasons he was selected as the 2018 Day Habilitation Achievement Award winner.