Finding a way to balance therapy and work
Quin was approved to come to Marcus Autism Center for therapy once a week. In response, Quentin was forced to quit his job to get her to the appointments. “That was first of many financial hits that we had to take to make sure Quinn got the help she needed,” recalls Quentin. “I started doing some odd jobs to help up get by.” Later, Quentin found another job that allowed for Quinn’s weekly therapy sessions, but soon after Quinn was approved for intensive, daily interventions at Marcus Autism Center.
“When I got that call at work from Marcus Autism Center, I put Marcus the team member on hold to go and talk to my director. They wouldn’t work with me, so I turned in my notice right then and there. Two weeks later I was without a job again, but as far as I was concerned, nothing was going to stop me from getting Quinn to therapy every single day.”
Making breakthroughs thanks to intensive therapies
When Quinn started at Marcus Autism Center, she was sleeping just one to two hours a night
and having meltdowns that lasted hours every day. “I would see her fall asleep during therapy or having extended meltdowns, and I would think there’s no way anything’s being accomplished.” Yet, Quinn’s providers saw progress and encouraged the family to stick with it.
“Being new to this and coming to Marcus and being embraced by the staff and the other families that were there, that really helped me with the emotions I was dealing with around having a special needs child,” says Quentin. In addition, Quinn was making huge strides. She started sleeping through the night, her meltdowns reduced dramatically, and she even started saying words and responding to vocal commands. Just the other day Quentin heard her counting to herself in Portuguese, her mother’s native language