Colin displayed serious physical aggression
toward others and refused to go anywhere
except to school. With the support of Youth Care
& Beyond, Colin's episodes of physical
aggression decreased dramatically. Colin
improved from Eboni's first visit with us. Staff
understood and recognized his stress and
trauma and created appropriate plans. Youth
Care & Beyond gained Colin's trust and
confidence with their knowledge and
understanding of different features of autism
and using approaches and techniques to
engage with him in a way that he did not feel
threatened but rather wanted to interact with
During this time the staff were teaching and guiding me [Colin’s grandmother] on how to approach Colin and how to respond and react to his negative behaviors. They gave me the confidence to use firmness and become "parent-like." They also demonstrated maneuvers that I could use to protect myself and that would prevent Colin from hurting himself or me when he became physically aggressive.
By the time Colin started school his verbal and physical aggressiveness had decreased markedly. Colin has made dramatic improvement in school. He participates in the general classroom on average 40% of the time; his on task/positive behavior ranges from 99.2% to 100% each week.