When Craig came to RHD Nebraska, he had limited communication skills. With the support of RHD staff, Craig has been living in his own residence, which he had an active role in decorating with the assistance of RHD staff. Craig goes on outings in the community, shops at the mall and visits Pioneer Park for long walks with staff.
"He's increased his ability to communicate," said Katherine Freiderich, an RHD House Manager who supports Craig. "He has three times as many signs, 30 percent more words. Most of his staff has been with him since he entered the program, so he's got a strong team around him that supports him in his goal to live in the community."
Craig loves music, gently strumming his guitar and listening to his favorite songs on the stereo. Asked what he likes to listen to, Craig chirps: "Billy Ray!" and puts on a Billy Ray Cyrus CD.
"He goes out more than he used to, and he's able to take longer excursions," Freidrich said. "He wakes up smiling. You know you're doing something right when you see him in the morning and he wakes up giggling."
Craig visits the RHD Nebraska office for an appointment and Jason Ackland, RHD behavioral specialist says: "How are you doing, Craig?"
Craig smiles and gives him two thumbs up.
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