How Little Lukes has Helped my Family, More than a Little
For Hannah, a former employee of Little Lukes, choosing a
childcare facility for her children Asher and Benjamin was effortless, since
she knew Little Lukes childcare from the inside out. She found that Little
Lukes in Oswego was truly a great company to work for, and trusted that they
would truly care for her children just as she did as an employee.
“I have been impressed by
the staff at Little Lukes and by how much they care about each child and help
them to reach their full potential. It has been wonderful to see this from both
sides, as it were – first as an employee before I had kids, and then later as a
parent” – Hannah, Asher and Benjamin’s Mom.
Hannah’s son Asher has grown
in many ways at the Oswego Little Lukes Center. Before starting with Little
Lukes, Asher was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, and was receiving
special education, speech therapy, and occupational therapy services. At the
time of his kindergarten transition this past year, he tested out of all of these
services from the help of Little Lukes. From the start, Little Lukes went above
and beyond to make Asher feel comfortable in a new environment, since he
struggled with sensory aversions and some anxieties as a part of his autism
diagnoses. Hannah recalls a time when “…Asher was struggling with sensory
aversions and trying new foods, and his therapists at Little Lukes moved some
of his sessions to coincide with lunch so that he could get some one-on-one
coaching with trying things that made him anxious”. Knowing that Little Lukes
went the extra mile to work with Asher and make him feel better meant a lot to
Hannah, and reassured her that Little Lukes was a great as she remembered from her
time working there.
Hannah believes Little
Lukes “…has helped Asher better develop his social skills and appropriate
responses to frustration. For example, when Asher’s peers do not necessarily
want to do what Asher thinks should happen, he handles it well… now Asher has
the best time out on the playground being rambunctious with his friends.” The
behavioral improvements in Asher were so pleasing for Hannah, she even brought
in Asher’s younger brother Benjamin.
“Little Lukes has helped my
eldest really work through some of his anxieties and develop appropriate social
skills, and has provided my younger son with opportunities to develop close
friendships and appropriate social skills", says Hannah. Like Asher, Benjamin was able to
test out of physical therapy and occupational therapy at the end of his first
year at Little Lukes. Coming into Little Lukes, Benjamin’s biggest struggle was
dealing with anxiety, but Benjamin’s mother mentions she has “…
really seen Benjamin blossom and become more confident during his time in Miss
Ellen's Green Frogs classroom at Little Lukes. Benji has struggled in the past
to warm up to new people and new situations, and his therapists and teachers
really did a great job with building rapport with him and earning his trust,
rather than just trying to push him into situations where he was uncomfortable.
He has built some great friendships… and he has really begun to mature into a
role model in the classroom for his younger peers” – Hannah, Asher and Benjamin's Mom.