When Addonis Thomas was just 15 months old, his parents noticed that he was not hitting the developmental milestones for most children his age. After an initial diagnosis of apraxia, a motor speech disorder, and countless speech therapy sessions, the Thomas family knew there was more to it.
In 2015, almost 5 years after his initial diagnosis of apraxia, Addonis was officially diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, reception and expression disorder, a speech delay, and low muscle tone.
Addonis is now 9 years old and still struggles with speech, which has affected his social development. He receives speech, group and occupational therapy at the Kids Center for Pediatric Therapies, a Kosair Charities supported agency. His mother says it is as if the words are stuck in Addonis’ throat, and he cannot get them out.
Aisha says she preaches progression, not perfection. She knows that some things that are not big milestones for most kids are huge for Addonis. Although Addonis is only 9, his parents and therapist have been helping to teach him life skills like sorting laundry, keeping spaces clean and doing dishes. His parents want to make sure they do everything in their power to allow Addonis to live on his own as an adult.
Addonis continues to make strides, and thanks to the dedication of his family and the Kids Center, we have no doubt that he will be able to conquer anything that comes his way!
Learn more about Addonis in the Summer 2017 Edition of Kite Tales.