Sara Shines with Keystone STARS!

SaraRi-ButlerMy daughter, Sara, is now 12 years old. She has been attending the STAR 4 Butler County Children's Center since she was 4 1/2-years-old. In August, she will be leaving the center to move on to Junior High School.

In third grade, Sara was diagnosed with Asperger's and Sensory Processing Disorder. Her wonderful preschool teacher was the first to notice the behaviors that lead to the diagnoses. Some of the behaviors were arm flapping with mouth open, finger flicking, leg shaking, and smoothing clothing. The children of the room accepted these as perfectly normal behaviors and accepted her. The behaviors are a part of who she is and her peers accept this. She does not associate with a lot of peers on their level but does better with younger children. Her reading comprehension is also below grade level.

I realize now, looking back through the years of her being in child care, that the Butler County Children's Center has helped her to learn coping skills. Not only have they helped Sara, they have helped me to teach her coping skills, and taught me to not pay extra attention to her behaviors. The program has given her a better sense of self-worth and self-esteem. She does not see herself as "different", but as unique.

Sara has started performing with a small local theatre group for musicals. She has been in four productions already and is rehearsing for a fifth. She is also involved in the music program at her elementary school. She plays the violin in orchestra and is a choral member. She has always liked to sing and dance.

Thank you for taking the time to recognize Butler County Children's Center as a Keystone STAR facility that has enabled my child to realize that all children are different in their own unique ways.

Donna A R., Sara's Mother, Butler County


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