By Kendra Comstock, Room 17 Teacher
Karissa Ramia began attending Morgan Autism Center in the summer of 2014. From the beginning, Karissa had difficulty riding in unfamiliar vehicles, going into unfamiliar bathrooms, and trying new foods. Participating in Independent Living Skills activities which are part of our classroom’s daily schedule, Karissa has made great strides in widening the scope of her life’s experiences.
Karissa loves working on academic skills and enjoys identifying common objects and words. She has started working on asking and answering questions using her Augmented Assisted Communication device. She recently learned to ride a 2-wheel bike by herself. And she loves to show off her new skill with pride. A few of her favorite classroom activities include playing with putty, play-doh, and anything she can mold. Each Monday, Karissa goes to art class with some of her classmates. While she works with a variety of art materials, painting seems to be her favorite. On Fridays, she attends a drum circle led by Mark Farley. There, Karissa dances to the music and bangs on the drums with delight. She enjoys a variety of sports like basketball, bowling, relay races, and participating in P.E. with her classmates. Karissa delights all who meet her and will continue to do so as she grows.