More than one ball in the air pg. 8
This summer, Morgan Vice spent three weeks at a camp run by TRIAD, the Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders at Vanderbilt. The camp is one type of intervention effort: When school’s out, it keeps children with autism on a schedule and focuses on teaching them social skills—greetings, compliments, conversations. Now in its third year, the camp is seeing tremendous gains among its campers, says director Misty Ballew.
The slogan printed on this summer’s camp T-shirts said, “I believe I can fly,” and although it had no relationship to Morgan’s toddlerhood experiences, the phrase seemed especially fitting. Now nine, Morgan is “coming back, bit by bit,” Tammy Vice says. “When all this happened, my goals for Morgan did change,” she says, “but my dreams for her are the same. I want her to be happy and successful, where she is.”
Fly, Morgan, fly.