Caleigh has taught me a new way of looking at the world and she's given me the patience, understanding and strength I didn't know I had.
Caleigh was diagnosed with autism at age 4. At the time of her diagnosis, she was almost nonverbal and had many sensory issues. Today, at 8 years old, Caleigh is speaking so well thanks to help from her family, therapists, and her hard work and dedication.
Caleigh is a loving and kind-hearted girl. She enjoys playing with her toys, colouring, and watching movies.
Caleigh looks up to her big brother and copies just about everything he does! Her Mom is her biggest supporter and continues to learn about autism and her special needs, striving to make this world a better place for Caleigh.
Learn more about Caleigh in this Q&A with her Mom, Amy.
How has autism affected Caleigh’s life?
Caleigh has always struggled with sleeping. Recently, she tried a new medication and for the first time in five years she is getting a good night sleep. She is affected by lots of different sounds, light, and will only eat certain foods. She also loves to chew on things – but now has special ‘chewies’ to chew on.
How does autism make her unique, and help her excel?
Caleigh takes the time to slow down and see things others might miss. She has a good memory and excels at counting.
What struggles have you faced because of your autism?
Caleigh was almost nonverbal and now she speaks so well! It took a lot of flash cards, therapy, help from family members, and other strategies, but hard work pays off.
How has your family supported you through your autism journey?
Our family believes autism is a gift from God and a blessing in our home. We’ve also taken Caleigh to therapy at KidsAbility since she was 4 years old. She absolutely loves going and it has become her favorite place.
What advice would you give to a young person, recently diagnosed with autism, wondering what the future holds for them?
Everyone is different and so is each person’s autism. Understand your autism. Be strong, believe in yourself, and trust your instincts.
What five words best describe Caleigh to the world?
Fun, loving, playful, creative, musical.
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