Hi, My Name Is Jayce!
Hi, my name is Jayce & I was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) at the age of 2. During my early months, I appeared to be meeting all of my developmental milestones but before my 2nd birthday, my mom began to notice that I was starting to show identifiers that were consistent with children on the spectrum. Although she wasn’t sure if it was just my personality, I didn’t respond to my name, avoided eye contact, lacked interest in interacting with other children & would cover my ears when I heard loud noises. I started to become a very picky eater & severely disliked coming in contact with certain textures. After my 2nd birthday, we underwent assessments for developmental delays with The Regional Center & dove right into an aggressive therapy schedule. We attend 7 sessions a week; which includes speech therapy, developmental therapy, & occupational therapy.
I’ve made tremendous progress since we started this journey & although I’m still non-verbal, Mommy & I learned sign language so that I can communicate certain words & requests. I’m obsessed with numbers; I even listen to them in other languages on my iPad. I love letters, music, & cleaning up! At school, I’m the teacher’s pet & at home my Granny Mel is my best friend. I was officially diagnosed with ASD in November 2021. Now that I am turning 3, I’ll begin Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy & transition from a private daycare to a school that specializes in assisting other children like me.
Now that you know a little more about me, let me be the first to welcome you to Jayce’s Journey Inc. – a non profit foundation created to support children & individuals in the nuclear family diagnosed with Autism and/or developmental delays. Our goal is to raise awareness, provide early intervention services, education, & resources within our community while encouraging acceptance & understanding. We have a lot of amazing things in store & I look forward to you joining me on my journey. We know it won’t be easy. Yes, we’ll face many challenges but we’ll get through them together & learn great things along the way. Stick around, More to come!