When he first arrived at ATC in 2014, Garrett was 13 and needed to work on controlling his aggressive behaviors before he could make progress toward his academic goals. ATC takes a team approach across all our programs. For students like Garrett, this means that whether he is at school, in therapy, or in his group home, he is getting consistent messaging and reinforcement from his teachers, therapists, and caregivers.
Speech therapy has helped him learn how to express his wants and needs so he doesn’t have to communicate with his behaviors. In his group home, Garrett works on self-care and life skills like cooking and laundry so he can become more independent. Now 19, Garrett’s goals at school focus on developing vocational skills and preparing for life after graduation.